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Meaning of STUMBLE

Pronunciation:  'stumbul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
  2. [n]  an unsteady uneven gait
  3. [v]  make an error
  4. [v]  miss a step and fall or nearly fall; "She stumbled over the tree root."
  5. [v]  walk unsteadily
  6. [v]  encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant"

STUMBLE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: blunder, bumble, falter, hit, lurch, misstep, slip up, stagger, trip, trip, trip up
 See Also: bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, come by, err, flub, foul-up, founder, fuckup, gait, mistake, move, slip, walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stum"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stumbled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Stumbling}.] [OE. stumblen, stomblen; freq. of a word
    akin to E. stammer. See {Stammer}.]
    1. To trip in walking or in moving in any way with the legs;
       to strike the foot so as to fall, or to endanger a fall;
       to stagger because of a false step.
             There stumble steeds strong and down go all.
             The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know at
             what they stumble.                    --Prov. iv.
    2. To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.
             He stumbled up the dark avenue.       --Sir W.
    3. To fall into a crime or an error; to err.
             He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and
             there is none occasion og stumbling in him. --1 John
                                                   ii. 10.
    4. To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without
       design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or
             Ovid stumbled, by some inadvertency, upon Livia in a
             bath.                                 --Dryden.
             Forth as she waddled in the brake, A gray goose
             stumbled on a snake.                  --C. Smart.
  2. \Stum"ble\, v. t.
    1. To cause to stumble or trip.
    2. Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err
       or to fall.
             False and dazzling fires to stumble men. --Milton.
             One thing more stumbles me in the very foundation of
             this hypothesis.                      --Locke.
  3. \Stum"ble\, n.
    1. A trip in walking or running.
    2. A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.
             One stumble is enough to deface the character of an
             honorable life.                       --L'Estrange.