What does stumble mean?

Definitions for stumble
ˈstʌm bəlstum·ble

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. Stumble(verb)

    to walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner

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

  3. Stumble(verb)

    to fall into a crime or an error; to err

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

  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

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

  5. Stumble(verb)

    to cause to stumble or trip

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

  6. Stumble(verb)

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

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

  7. Stumble(noun)

    a trip in walking or running

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

  8. Stumble(noun)

    a blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude

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

Freebase

  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

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How to say stumble in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of stumble in a Sentence

  1. Stanley Druckenmiller:

    The myopic policy makers have no endgame. They stumble from one short-term fiscal or monetary stimulus to the next, despite overwhelming evidence that they only produce an ephemeral 'sugar high' and grow unproductive debt that impedes long-term growth, the chickens are now coming home to roost.

  2. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:

    Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lied about emails, she is still defending Planned Parenthood, and she is still her party's frontrunner, 2016 is going to be a fight between conservatism and a Democrat Party that is undermining the very character of this nation. We need a nominee who is going to throw every punch, not pull punches, and someone who can not stumble before he even gets into the ring.

  3. Jason Servis:

    It was a tough week, he was feeling pretty good this morning. He was jumping and kicking. But the stumble hurt us a lot.

  4. Sir Winston Churchill:

    Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

  5. English Proverb:

    A stumble may prevent a fall.

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Translations for stumble

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  • 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
  • tersandungIndonesian
  • scivolare, scivoloneItalian
  • 넘어질 뻔하다Korean
  • kluptLatvian
  • tapepe, tapepa, tūtukiMāori
  • strompelen, struikelenDutch
  • snubleNorwegian
  • tropeçar, tropeçoPortuguese
  • mitk'ayQuechua
  • проступок, оступаться, спотыкание, спотыкаться, ошибатьсяRussian
  • snubblaSwedish
  • สะดุดThai
  • 絆倒Chinese

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