Fumble meaning

fŭm'bəl
To drop a ball that is in play.
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To mishandle a ground ball.
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To touch or handle clumsily or idly.
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To make a mess of; bungle.
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To feel or make (one's way) awkwardly.
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Fumble is defined as to clumsily search or handle, or to lose hold of an object, particularly in football.

An example of fumble is to go through a drawer in the dark searching for an item.

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The definition of a fumble is an awkward handling or searching or a dropping of something, particularly in football.

An example of a fumble is the dropping of a football.

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To touch or handle nervously or idly.

Fumble with a necktie.

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To grope awkwardly to find or to accomplish something.

Fumble for a key.

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To proceed awkwardly and uncertainly; blunder.

Fumble through a speech.

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To drop (a ball) while in play.
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To mishandle (a ground ball).
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The act or an instance of fumbling.
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A ball that has been fumbled.
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To touch or handle nervously or idly.

Fumble with a necktie.

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To grope awkwardly to find or to accomplish something.

Fumble for a key.

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To proceed awkwardly and uncertainly; blunder.

Fumble through a speech.

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To drop a ball that is in play.
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To mishandle a ground ball.
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To touch or handle clumsily or idly.
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To make a mess of; bungle.
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To feel or make (one's way) awkwardly.
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To drop (a ball) while in play.
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To mishandle (a ground ball).
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The act or an instance of fumbling.
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A ball that has been fumbled.
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To search (for a thing) by feeling about awkwardly with the hands; grope clumsily.
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To handle (a thing) clumsily or unskillfully; bungle.
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To lose one's grasp on (a football, etc.) while trying to catch or hold it.
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To make (one's way) clumsily or by groping.
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The act or fact of fumbling.
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A football, etc. that has been fumbled.
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(intransitive) To idly touch or nervously handle.

Waiting for the interview, he fumbled with his tie.

He fumbled the key into the lock.

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(intransitive) To grope awkwardly in trying to find something.

He fumbled for his keys.

He fumbled his way to the light-switch.

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(intransitive) To blunder uncertainly.

He fumbled through his prepared speech.

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To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly.

To fumble for an excuse.

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(intransitive, sports) To drop a ball or a baton etc.
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To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.
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(sports) A ball etc. that has been dropped.
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Origin of fumble

Origin uncertain; perhaps from a Scandinavian source. Compare Old Norse falma, Swedish fumla, Danish fumle, German fummeln.