Stumble definition

stŭmbəl
To come upon accidentally or unexpectedly.
verb
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To make a mistake or mistakes; blunder.

The administration stumbled badly on foreign policy.

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To puzzle or perplex; confound.
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To trip or miss one's step in walking, running, etc.
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A blunder, error, or sin.
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A mistake or blunder.
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To walk or go in an unsteady or awkward manner, as from age, weakness, etc.
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To speak, act, or proceed in a confused, blundering manner.

To stumble through a speech.

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To fall into sin or error; do wrong.
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To come by chance; happen.

To stumble across a clue.

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To cause to stumble.
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The act of stumbling.
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The act of stumbling.
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The definition of a stumble is an act of making a minor mistake or of tripping or missing your step while running or walking.

An example of a stumble is when you forget your line in a play.

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Stumble means to make a minor mistake, or to trip and almost fall.

When you make a mistake in your words as you are giving a speech, this is an example of when you stumble.

When you catch your foot on a crack in the sidewalk and almost fall down, this is an example of when you stumble.

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To miss one's step in walking or running; trip and almost fall.
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To proceed unsteadily or falteringly; flounder.
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To act or speak falteringly or clumsily.

An inexperienced actor stumbling through his lines.

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To cause to stumble.
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A fall, trip or substantial misstep.
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An error or blunder.
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(intransitive) To trip or fall; to walk clumsily.

He stumbled over a rock.

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(intransitive) To make a mistake or have trouble.

I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.

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To cause to stumble or trip.
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(figuratively) To mislead; to confound; to cause to err or to fall.
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To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; with on, upon, or against.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
stumble
Plural:
stumbles

Origin of stumble

  • Middle English stumblen probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse stumra

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition