American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To miss one's step in walking or running; trip and almost fall.
- v. To proceed unsteadily or falteringly; flounder. See Synonyms at blunder.
- v. To act or speak falteringly or clumsily.
- v. To make a mistake; blunder.
- v. To fall into evil ways; err.
- v. To come upon accidentally or unexpectedly: "The urge to wider voyages . . . caused men to stumble upon New America” ( Kenneth Cragg).
- v. To cause to stumble.
- n. The act of stumbling.
- n. A mistake or blunder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To slip or trip in moving on the feet; make a false step; strike the foot, or miss footing, so as to stagger or fall.
- To move or act unsteadily or in a staggering manner; trip in doing or saying anything; make false steps or blunders, as from confusion or inattention: as, to stumble through a performance.
- To take a false step or be staggered mentally or morally; trip, as against a stumbling-block; find an occasion of offense; be offended or tempted.
- To come accidentally or unexpectedly; chance; happen; light: with on or upon.
- To cause to stumble; cause to trip; stagger; trip up.
- To puzzle; perplex; embarrass; nonplus; confound.
- n. The act of stumbling; a trip in walking or running.
- n. A blunder; a failure; a false step.
- n. a fall, trip or substantial misstep
- n. an error or blunder
- v. intransitive to trip or fall
- v. intransitive to make a mistake or have trouble
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.
- v. To fall into a crime or an error; to err.
- v. To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with
on, upon, or against.
- v. To cause to stumble or trip.
- v. Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall.
- n. A trip in walking or running.
- n. A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.
- v. miss a step and fall or nearly fall
- n. an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
- v. walk unsteadily
- v. encounter by chance
- v. make an error
- n. an unsteady uneven gait
- Middle English stumblen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stumra. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Investors were hopeful that the slowing recovery over the summer may have been a short-term stumble, with improvement set for the end of the year.”
“Or demand and effect nothing and yet again stumble into petulant seething marginalized mobs.”
“Interesting, I would love to see them fall in stumble while attempting to report on US culture and social issues; racism?”
“The difference between brands boasting superior support and those who stumble translates to revenue and market share during what is traditionally the busiest quarter for tech vendors.”
“That coverage, though, included mention of a notable McCain stumble on the topic of removing the Snake River Dams.”
“But prematurely and hastily restoring them at the first stumble is a guarantee of failure both for the patient and the doctor.”
“Republican midterm stumble, or amid the rifts and rage of a sharply divided government if they prevail or sweep this November, the party may be irresistibly drawn to a recycled idea.”
“The market's latest surge and its propensity to reverse every attempt at an intraday selloff show how investors have become more daring, raising the risk of a near-term stumble as complacency grows.”
“Another reason this lawsuit might stumble is rooted in judges’ perceived role of courts, said Jay.”
““That’s strange, every third stumble is an EBay auction …””
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