Definition of fumble in English:

fumble

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Use the hands clumsily while doing or handling something.

    • ‘she fumbled with the lock’
    1. 1.1fumble around/aboutMove clumsily in various directions using the hands to find one's way.
      • ‘Greg fumbled around in the closet and found his black jacket’
    2. 1.2with object Use the hands clumsily to move (something) as specified.
      • ‘she fumbled a cigarette from her bag’
    3. 1.3American Football with object Drop or lose control of (the ball), sometimes causing a turnover.
      • ‘he seldom fumbled a ball’
    4. 1.4with object (in other ball games) fail to catch or field (the ball, a pass, a shot, etc.) cleanly.
    5. 1.5Express oneself or deal with something clumsily or nervously.
      • ‘asked for explanations, Michael had fumbled for words’

Pronunciation

fumble

/ˈfəmbəl/

noun

usually in singular
  • 1An act of using the hands clumsily while doing or handling something.

    • ‘just one fumble during a tire change could separate the winners from the losers’
    1. 1.1American Football An act of dropping or losing control of the ball, sometimes causing a turnover.
      • ‘his fumble was recovered on the 6-yard line’
    2. 1.2(in other ball games) an act of failing to catch or field the ball cleanly.
    3. 1.3An act of managing or dealing with something clumsily.
      • ‘we are not talking about subtle errors of judgment, but major fumbles’

Pronunciation

fumble

/ˈfəmbəl/

Origin

Late Middle English from Low German fommeln or Dutch fommelen.