Definitions of stumble

  1. To trip in walking; to strike the foot against something; to fall into crime or error; to light on by chance.
  2. To cause to trip or stop: to puzzle.
  3. 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.
  4. To strike the feet against something: to trip in walking: ( fol. by upon) to light on by chance: to slide into crime or error.
  5. To trip in walking; light on by chance.
  6. To strike the foot against something in walking or running.
  7. To fall ( on or upon) by chance.
  8. walk unsteadily
  9. encounter by chance; " I stumbled across a long- lost cousin last night in a restaurant"
  10. miss a step and fall or nearly fall; " She stumbled over the tree root"
  11. To cause to trip or stop; to puzzle; to perplex.
  12. 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.
  13. 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"
  14. walk unsteadily; " The drunk man stumbled about"
  15. 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.
  16. To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.
  17. To fall into a crime or an error; to err.
  18. To strike or happen ( upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or against.
  19. To cause to stumble or trip.
  20. Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall.
  21. A trip in walking or running.
  22. A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.
  23. A trip in walking or running; failure or blunder.
  24. Stumbler.
  25. A Striking or catching of the foot; trip; false step; blunder.
  26. Stumblingly.
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