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fumble

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verb fum·ble \ˈfəm-bəl\

Definition of fumble

fumbled

fumbling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to grope for or handle something clumsily or aimlessly b :  to make awkward attempts to do or find something <fumbled in his pocket for a coin> c :  to search by trial and error d :  blunder

  3. 2 :  to feel one's way or move awkwardly

  4. 3 a :  to drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder b :  to lose hold of a football while handling or running with it

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to bring about by clumsy manipulation

  7. 2 a :  to feel or handle clumsily b :  to deal with in a blundering way :  bungle

  8. 3 :  to make (one's way) in a clumsy manner

  9. 4 a :  misplay <fumble a grounder> b :  to lose hold of (a football) while handling or running

fumbler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

fumblingly

play \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of fumble in a sentence

  1. She fumbled in her pocket for her keys.

  2. They fumbled a good opportunity to take control of the market.

  3. He was hit hard and fumbled on the 20-yard line.

  4. He fumbled the ball on the 20-yard line.

Origin and Etymology of fumble

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish fumla to fumble


First Known Use: 1534


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fumble

noun fum·ble

Definition of fumble

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of fumbling

  2. 2 :  a fumbled ball

Examples of fumble in a sentence

  1. <played the entire piano piece without a single fumble>

1634

First Known Use of fumble

1634

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FUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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fumble

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verb fum·ble \ˈfəm-bəl\

Definition of fumble for English Language Learners

  • : to search for something by reaching or touching with your fingers in an awkward or clumsy way

  • : to handle something in an awkward or clumsy way

  • sports : to fail to catch or hold the ball


FUMBLE Defined for Kids

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fumble

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verb fum·ble \ˈfəm-bəl\

Definition of fumble for Students

fumbled

fumbling

  1. 1 :  to feel about for or handle something in a clumsy way <He fumbled in his pockets.>

  2. 2 :  to lose hold of the ball in football


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fumble

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noun fum·ble

Definition of fumble for Students

  1. :  an act of losing hold of the ball in football



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