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Definitions of stumble

  1. walk unsteadily Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an unsteady uneven gait Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. make an error; "She slipped up and revealed the name" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. utter impulsively; "He blurted out the secret"; "He blundered his stupid ideas" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. miss a step and fall or nearly fall; "She stumbled over the tree root" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To fall into a crime or an error; to err. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or against. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To cause to stumble or trip. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A trip in walking or running. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. A trip in walking or running; failure or blunder. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To trip or fall in walking; to walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner; to fall into error or crime; to come upon something by chance: with on, upon, or against. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Stumblingly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Stumbler. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To strike the feet against something: to trip in walking: (fol. by upon) to light on by chance: to slide into crime or error. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. To cause to trip or stop: to puzzle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. A trip in walking or running: a blunder: a failure. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. A trip; blunder. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To trip in walking; light on by chance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To strike the foot against something in walking or running. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To fall (on or upon) by chance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A Striking or catching of the foot; trip; false step; blunder. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To cause to trip or stop; to puzzle; to perplex. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To trip in walking; to strike the foot against something; to fall into crime or error; to light on by chance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. To make a false step; to strike the foot against an obstacle in walking; to slide into crime or error; to light on by chance. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; with on, upon, or against. dictgcide_fs
  34. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  35. Lurch forward, have partial fall, from catching or striking foot or making false step (s. along, go with frequent ss.); make blunder (s) in doing something (stumbles in his speech; s. through a recitation); be offended, feel scruples, at; come accidentally (up)on or across; (archaic) give pause to, excite scruples in; stumbling-block, obstacle, circumstance that causes difficulty or hesitation or scruples; hence stumblingly adv. (N.) act of stumbling. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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