Definitions for fumbleˈfʌm bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fum•bleˈfʌm bəl(v.; n.)-bled, -bling

  1. (v.i.)to feel or grope about clumsily:

    He fumbled in his pocket for the keys.

  2. to fail to hold a ball after having touched it or carried it, as in a baseball or football game.

    Category: Sport

  3. to do something clumsily or unsuccessfully; blunder or fail.

  4. (v.t.)to make, handle, etc., clumsily or ineffectively; botch:

    to fumble an attempt.

  5. to fail to hold (a ball) after having touched it or carried it.

    Category: Sport

  6. (n.)the act of fumbling.

  7. an act or instance of fumbling the ball.

    Category: Sport

Origin of fumble:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. fumble, muff(verb)

    (sports) dropping the ball

  2. grope, fumble(verb)

    feel about uncertainly or blindly

    "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"

  3. fumble, blunder(verb)

    make one's way clumsily or blindly

    "He fumbled towards the door"

  4. fumble(verb)

    handle clumsily

  5. botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up(verb)

    make a mess of, destroy or ruin

    "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

  6. fumble(verb)

    drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder

    "fumble a grounder"


  1. fumble(Noun)

    A ball etc. that has been dropped

  2. fumble(Verb)

    To idly touch or nervously handle

  3. fumble(Verb)

    To grope awkwardly in trying to find something

  4. fumble(Verb)

    To blunder uncertainly

  5. fumble(Verb)

    To drop a ball or a baton etc.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fumble(verb)

    to feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or find something

  2. Fumble(verb)

    to grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse

  3. Fumble(verb)

    to handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over

  4. Fumble(verb)

    to handle or manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together


  1. Fumble

    A fumble in American and Canadian football occurs when a player, who has possession and control of the ball loses it before being downed or scoring. By rule, it is any act other than passing, kicking or successful handing that results in loss of player possession. A fumble may be forced by a defensive player who either grabs or punches the ball or butts the ball with his helmet. A fumbled ball may be recovered and advanced by either team. It is one of three events that can cause a turnover, where possession of the ball can change during play. Under American rules a fumble may be confused with a muff. A muff occurs where a player drops a ball that he does not have possession of, such as while attempting to catch a lateral pass or improperly fielding a kicking play such as a punt. Ball security is the ability of a player to maintain control over the football during play and thus avoid a fumble.

Translations for fumble

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to use one's hands awkwardly and with difficulty

He fumbled with the key; She fumbled about in her bag for her key.

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