What does stumble mean?

Definitions for stumbleˈstʌm bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word stumble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lurch, stumble, stagger(noun)

    an unsteady uneven gait

  2. trip, trip-up, stumble, misstep(verb)

    an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

    "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"

  3. stumble, falter, bumble(verb)

    walk unsteadily

    "The drunk man stumbled about"

  4. stumble, trip(verb)

    miss a step and fall or nearly fall

    "She stumbled over the tree root"

  5. stumble, hit(verb)

    encounter by chance

    "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant"

  6. stumble, slip up, trip up(verb)

    make an error

    "She slipped up and revealed the name"


  1. stumble(Noun)

    a fall, trip or substantial misstep

  2. stumble(Noun)

    an error or blunder

  3. stumble(Verb)

    to trip or fall

    He stumbled over a rock.

  4. stumble(Verb)

    to make a mistake or have trouble

    I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stumble(verb)

    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

  2. Stumble(verb)

    to walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner

  3. Stumble(verb)

    to fall into a crime or an error; to err

  4. Stumble(verb)

    to strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or against

  5. Stumble(verb)

    to cause to stumble or trip

  6. Stumble(verb)

    fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall

  7. Stumble(noun)

    a trip in walking or running

  8. Stumble(noun)

    a blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude

  9. Origin: [OE. stumblen, stomblen; freq. of a word akin to E. stammer. See Stammer.]


  1. Stumble

    Stumble is Prakash Belawadi's debut film. It won the Indian National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English in 2003. It depicts the new economy, the dot-com bust, stock market scams, mutual funds, and voluntary retirement. The production team intended Stumble to be a film for the middle-class Ananth Nag and Suhasini are in the lead rôles, alongside Priya Ganapati and Allen Mandonca. Belawadi found his cast through the theatre world of Bangalore, and was wholly filmed there. Jesu Domnic and Shyam Nanjundaiah were Editors for this movie. One of the editors Shyam Nanjundaiah also played a small part in the film, appearing alongside Ananth Nag for a brief scene. The movie was featured at the international technical festival, Pragyan at NIT Trichy in January 2006. It was also screened at the Mumbai National Film Festival.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stumble

    stum′bl, v.i. to strike the feet against something, to trip in walking: to light on by chance (with upon): to slide into crime or error.—v.t. to cause to trip or stop: to puzzle.—n. a trip in walking or running: a blunder: a failure.—ns. Stum′bler, one who stumbles; Stum′bling-block, -stone, a block or stone over which one would be likely to stumble: a cause of error.—adv. Stum′blingly.—adj. Stum′bly, apt to stumble. [Skeat explains the b as excrescent, the M. E. stomblen, stomelen, stumlen, also stomeren being from Ice. stumra, to stumble. It is thus a doublet of stammer.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stumble' in Verbs Frequency: #1045


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. English Proverb:

    A stumble may prevent a fall.

  2. Roger Smith:

    You don't just stumble into the future. You create your own future.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Stumble is worse than falling, because stumble is not as instructive as the falling!

  4. Sipho P Nkosi:

    We will stumble and get lost, but we need not make a mistake of not retracing our steps.

  5. William Arthur Ward:

    To make mistakes is human to stumble is commonplace to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

Images & Illustrations of stumble

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Translations for stumble

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • zakopnoutCzech
  • snublen, [[begå]] [[fejl]], fejl, fejle, fejltrin, snubleDanish
  • Fehltritt, staksen, Ausrutscher, Patzer, stolpern, Fehler, SchnitzerGerman
  • tropezón, tropezar, desliz, caminar torpemente, torpeza, tropiezoSpanish
  • سکندریPersian
  • moka, kompastus, kompuroida, kompastua, virheFinnish
  • trébucher, faux pas, bourde, chuteFrench
  • scivolare, scivoloneItalian
  • 넘어질 뻔하다Korean
  • kluptLatvian
  • tapepe, tapepa, tūtukiMāori
  • strompelen, struikelenDutch
  • tropeçar, tropeçoPortuguese
  • mitk'ayQuechua
  • проступок, оступаться, спотыкание, спотыкаться, ошибатьсяRussian
  • snubblaSwedish

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