Definitions of stumbling

  1. Act of one who stumbles.

Usage examples for stumbling

  1. It was whilst he was blundering and stumbling up this gorge that at length the rain ceased and the moon revealed herself, it being then nearly midnight. – Jess by H. Rider Haggard
  2. Then he heard Pete stumbling among the stones, and presently the man came up, panting with haste. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  3. Mrs. Paterno led the way stumbling and running. – Ethel Morton at Rose House by Mabell S. C. Smith
  4. They were stumbling across the room, twisting and locked together. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  5. She addressed Peter, but when he found himself physically unable to answer, she continued the conversation with no apparent consciousness of his stumbling effort to appear natural. – Sisters by Kathleen Norris
  6. He tried to keep up, but soon was left behind, panting and stumbling. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  7. You see, he could not have gone up the lane or through the railway path without stumbling against that policeman. – The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
  8. They were in his way; he could not get near the counter without stumbling against them. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  9. " Jonathan," said Ayala, almost stumbling over the word, as she pronounced it aloud for the first time. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  10. In your fever you've been telling us about a one- armed man who had two arms to push people into the river, of his wanting you to save some child's life, and of your stumbling over the stone. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
  11. He saw only his young wife with her babe, panting, stumbling through the dust. – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  12. Stumbling steps faltered and dragged and then the Delaware bumped into him and held to him for a moment. – Bring Me His Ears by Clarence E. Mulford
  13. Jeanie went up the stairs like an old woman, stumbling at every step. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  14. In a word, I ought to have remembered that for the future I should be useless for good and might, on the other hand, become a stumbling- block and occasion for scandal- both inside the parish and outside. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  15. For in a little while Chartersea comes stumbling down the steps. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  16. An'," he went on eagerly, stumbling over his words, " they's so funny when they's sleep. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  17. You see, there's been an inquest on the butler and the jury brought in the verdict, " Death by accident, through stumbling from the top of the stair." – The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr
  18. Joan shook him, sending him stumbling off to the wagon and his bunk. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  19. She cannot suffer you to remain among her sons and become the stumbling- block for the ruin of many. – Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J Richardson
  20. Louie watched it all, thinking of nothing, or, if of anything, of how sweet it was to relax all her muscles to the point of not stumbling off the stile, and all her mind save that she might still be just conscious that she existed and was Louie Causton.... – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions