What does stumble mean?

Definitions for stumble
ˈstʌm bəlstum·ble

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lurch, stumble, staggernoun

    an unsteady uneven gait

  2. 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"

  3. stumble, falter, bumbleverb

    walk unsteadily

    "The drunk man stumbled about"

  4. stumble, tripverb

    miss a step and fall or nearly fall

    "She stumbled over the tree root"

  5. stumble, hitverb

    encounter by chance

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

  6. stumble, slip up, trip upverb

    make an error

    "She slipped up and revealed the name"


  1. stumblenoun

    a fall, trip or substantial misstep

  2. stumblenoun

    an error or blunder

  3. stumbleverb

    to trip or fall

    He stumbled over a rock.

  4. stumbleverb

    to make a mistake or have trouble

    I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stumbleverb

    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. Stumbleverb

    to walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner

  3. Stumbleverb

    to fall into a crime or an error; to err

  4. Stumbleverb

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

  5. Stumbleverb

    to cause to stumble or trip

  6. Stumbleverb

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

  7. Stumblenoun

    a trip in walking or running

  8. Stumblenoun

    a blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude

  9. Etymology: [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.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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. Winston Churchill:

    Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

  2. Bill Jelen:

    The solutions are hand picked, so often when I have a choice between two words, I'll pick the one that I think the creator would think is more clever and folks would stumble upon.

  3. Charles F. Kettering:

    Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.

  4. Mary Caroline Richards:

    It helps, I think, to consider ourselves on a very long journey: the main thing is to keep to the faith, to endure, to help each other when we stumble or tire, to weep and press on.

  5. Gloria Gaither:

    We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lost sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.

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  • zakopnoutCzech
  • [[begå]] [[fejl]], fejltrin, fejle, fejl, snublen, snubleDanish
  • staksen, Fehltritt, Ausrutscher, Fehler, Schnitzer, Patzer, stolpernGerman
  • torpeza, tropezón, caminar torpemente, tropiezo, tropezar, deslizSpanish
  • سکندریPersian
  • virhe, kompuroida, kompastua, kompastus, mokaFinnish
  • trébucher, chute, bourde, faux pasFrench
  • tersandungIndonesian
  • scivolone, scivolareItalian
  • 넘어질 뻔하다Korean
  • kluptLatvian
  • tapepa, tapepe, tūtukiMāori
  • strompelen, struikelenDutch
  • snubleNorwegian
  • tropeço, tropeçarPortuguese
  • mitk'ayQuechua
  • спотыкаться, спотыкание, ошибаться, оступаться, проступокRussian
  • snubblaSwedish
  • สะดุดThai
  • 絆倒Chinese

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