What does stumble mean?
Definitions for stumble
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stumble.
lurch, stumble, staggernoun
an unsteady uneven gait
trip, trip-up, stumble, misstepverb
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"
stumble, falter, bumbleverb
"The drunk man stumbled about"
miss a step and fall or nearly fall
"She stumbled over the tree root"
encounter by chance
"I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant"
stumble, slip up, trip upverb
make an error
"She slipped up and revealed the name"
a fall, trip or substantial misstep
an error or blunder
to trip or fall
He stumbled over a rock.
to make a mistake or have trouble
I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honourable life. Roger L'Estrange.
Such terms amus’d them all,
And stumbled many. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
One thing more stumbles me in the very foundation of this hypothesis. John Locke.
Etymology: This word Franciscus Junius derives from stump, and says the original meaning is to strike or trip against astump. I rather think it comes from tumble.
When she will take the rein, I let her run;
But she’ll not stumble. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
A headstall being restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.
As we pac’d along
Upon the giddy footing of the hatches,
Methought that Glo’ster stumbled; and, in falling,
Struck me, that sought to stay him, overboard. William Shakespeare.
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Prov. iv. 19.
Cover’d o’er with blood,
Which from the patriot’s breast in torrents flow’d,
He faints: his steed no longer hears the rein;
But stumbles o’er the heap his hand had slain. Matthew Prior.
He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 1 Jo. ii. 10.
This my day of grace
They who neglect and scorn, shall never taste;
But hard be harden’d, blind be blinded more,
That they may stumble on, and deeper fall. John Milton.
This extreme dealing had driven her to put herself with a great lady of that country, by which occasion she had stumbled upon such mischances as were little for the honour of her or her family. Philip Sidney.
What man art thou, that, thus bescreen’d in night,
So stumblest on my counsel. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
A mouse, bred in a chest, dropped out over the side, and stumbled upon a delicious morsel. Roger L'Estrange.
Ovid stumbled, by some inadvertency, upon Livia in a bath. Dryden.
Many of the greatest inventions have been accidentally stumbled upon by men busy and inquisitive. John Ray.
Write down p and b, and make signs to him to endeavour to pronounce them, and guide him by shewing him the motion of your own lips; by which he will, with a little endeavour, stumble upon one of them. William Holder, Elements of Speech.
Stumble is 2003 Indian English-language film written and directed by Prakash Belawadi in his debut. It stars Anant Nag and Suhasini Maniratnam in the lead roles. Mukhyamantri Chandru, Ashok Mandanna and Priya Ganapathy feature in supporting roles. Set in Bangalore, the film explores the impact of corruption in the information technology world, the stock market and mutual funds scams and dot-com bubble on ordinary people. Praveen D. Rao scored music for the film while Clay Kelton served as the cinematographer. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics upon theatrical release. At the 50th National Film Awards, the film was awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English.
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
to walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner
to fall into a crime or an error; to err
to strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or against
to cause to stumble or trip
fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall
a trip in walking or running
a blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude
Etymology: [OE. stumblen, stomblen; freq. of a word akin to E. stammer. See Stammer.]
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
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
Rank popularity for the word 'stumble' in Verbs Frequency: #1045
Anagrams for stumble »
The numerical value of stumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of stumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of stumble in a Sentence
Winston Churchill, Quoted in: Irving Klotz, Bending perception, a book review, Nature, 1996, Volume 379, p 412:
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
Jean Bertrand Aristide Haitian president elected by large majority, twice overthrown by U.S. supported forces. Take my hand. If you see me stumble, hold me up. If I feel you weaken, I will support you. Let us trust one another, keep faith with one another, and never falter. Let us keep the lamp of solidarity lit, and move forward.
A stumble may prevent a fall.
We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for stumble
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- [[begå]] [[fejl]], fejltrin, fejle, fejl, snublen, snubleDanish
- staksen, Fehltritt, Ausrutscher, Fehler, Schnitzer, Patzer, stolpernGerman
- torpeza, tropezón, caminar torpemente, tropiezo, tropezar, deslizSpanish
- virhe, kompuroida, kompastua, kompastus, mokaFinnish
- trébucher, chute, bourde, faux pasFrench
- scivolone, scivolareItalian
- 넘어질 뻔하다Korean
- tapepa, tapepe, tūtukiMāori
- strompelen, struikelenDutch
- tropeço, tropeçarPortuguese
- спотыкаться, спотыкание, ошибаться, оступаться, проступокRussian
Get even more translations for stumble »
Find a translation for the stumble definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"stumble." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 28 May 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/stumble>.
Discuss these stumble definitions with the community:
We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe.
If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
You need to be logged in to favorite.