What does fumble mean?

Definitions for fumbleˈfʌm bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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

  5. Origin: [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. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fumble

    fum′bl, v.i. to grope about awkwardly: to handle awkwardly: to stammer in speech: to find by groping.—v.t. to manage awkwardly.—n. Fum′bler.—adv. Fum′blingly. [Dut. fommelen, to fumble; cf. Dan. famle, Ice. fâlma, to grope about.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Heisman:

    Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football.

  2. Filmmaker Evan Briggs:

    It's something that you or I could do in 30 seconds flat, and watching them both try to fumble through with limited dexterity was kind of painful but sweet because they really needed each other to make it happen, you could tell the kids felt, we're doing this together, and we're helping each other, and it's not yet another situation where I'm not big enough.

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Translations for fumble

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • изпускам, бърникам, тършувамBulgarian
  • fummelnGerman
  • perder el balonSpanish
  • sählätä, hapuilla, hamuilla, möhlätä, munataFinnish
  • tripoter, tâtonnerFrench
  • frugare, armeggiare, annaspare, farfugliare, giocherellare, balbettareItalian
  • いじり回す, 探り回すJapanese
  • мять, теребить, нащупывать, шарить, мямлитьRussian

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