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- Rhymes: -ʌmbəl
- (transitive, intransitive) To idly touch or nervously handle
- Waiting for the interview, he fumbled with his tie.
- He fumbled the key into the lock.
2010 December 28, Owen Phillips, “Sunderland 0 - 2 Blackpool”, in BBC:
- Henderson's best strike on goal saw goalkeeper Kingson uncomfortably fumble his measured shot around the post.
- (transitive, intransitive) To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
- He fumbled for his keys.
- He fumbled his way to the light-switch.
- Adams now began to fumble in his pockets.
- (intransitive) To blunder uncertainly.
- He fumbled through his prepared speech.
- To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly.
- to fumble for an excuse
- My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles.
- Alas! how he fumbles about the domains.
- (transitive, intransitive, sports) To drop a ball or a baton etc.
- To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.
- I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers.
To idly touch or nervously handle
To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
To blunder uncertainly
fumble (plural fumbles)
- (sports) A ball etc. that has been dropped
ball that has been dropped