Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of fumble.
  • n. An instance of clumsiness, especially of the hands or fingers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing lack of skill or aptitude

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Many critics have denounced what they describe as the fumbling of the case against former president Moshe Katsav by Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz.

    JPost Headlines

  • But with the spectre of The Hague on the horizon, perhaps this desperate, defensive fumbling is all it has left.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • As for those instances of humiliation — whether in fumbling through French text before a ten-year-old ... or in the stories that I have lived and that will never be told — my mind now calls up a peaceful bergerie, wherein an unspoiled baby would come to suffer all humility; this, instead of me.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Does make an effort to secure the ball before running and fumbling is not an issue. ...

    USATODAY.com

  • My only hope here is that Schwimmer manages to direct the film well and the idea of fumbling a film about a topic that could really do a good job of getting a strong message out there.

    Filmstalker: Owen in Internet grooming film

  • Never again will the White House be able to point to his often-praised performance after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, without skeptics recalling the fumbling and slow-off-the-mark response of his administration after the hurricane and the flooding in New Orleans.

    09/16/2005

  • A party that is described as fumbling, confused and scared is unlikely to win elections even if they endorse the wholesale round-up of hippies and the nuking of Mecca.

    Hullabaloo

  • Those who recall the fumbling and groping that followed President Johnson’s dramatic disclosure of his intention not to seek another term have seen these men in a genuine state of nonpreparedness.

    Television News Coverage

  • After a bit of fumbling, which is normal for a company exploring a new medium, Twitter has been quietly but steadily rolling out its ad units.

  • The Vikings are working on ball security, with Peterson acknowledging that his fumbling is a "mental" hurdle that can be overcome.

    Sports News : CBSSports.com

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