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Meaning of FUMBLE

Pronunciation:  'fumbul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  dropping the ball (in baseball or football)
  2. [v]  drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder in baseball; "fumble a grounder"
  3. [v]  handle clumsily
  4. [v]  feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
  5. [v]  make one's way clumsily; "His steps fumbled"
  6. [v]  make a mess of, destroy or ruin

FUMBLE is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: ball up, blow, bobble, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, grope, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, muff, screw up, spoil
 See Also: bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, fail, flub, foul-up, fuckup, go across, go through, go wrong, grope for, handle, look for, miscarry, palm, pass, play, scrabble, search, seek



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fum"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fumbled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Fumbling}.] [Akin to D. fommelen to crumple, fumble, Sw.
    fumla to fusuble, famla to grope, Dan. famle to grope,
    fumble, Icel. falme, AS. folm palm of the hand. See {Feel},
    and cf. {Fanble}, {Palm}.]
    1. To feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or
       find something.
             Adams now began to fumble in his pockets.
    2. To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to
       fumble for an excuse. --Dryden.
             My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles.
             Alas! how he fumbles about the domains.
    3. To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.
             I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with
             flowers.                              --Shak.
  2. \Fum"ble\, v. t.
    To handle or manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together.
Thesaurus Terms
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