November 24, 2020
Learner's Word of the Day
fumble /ˈfʌmbəl/ verb
fumble
/ˈfʌmbəl/
verb

fumbles; fumbled; fumbling

A fumbled ball
A fumbled ball
Learner's definition of FUMBLE

1 [no object] : to search for something by reaching or touching with your fingers in an awkward or clumsy way

  • She fumbled in her pocket for her keys.

  • He fumbled (around) for the light switch.

— often used figuratively

  • She fumbled for an answer but couldn't think of one.

2 : to handle something in an awkward or clumsy way

[no object]

— usually + with

  • She fumbled with her keys as she tried to unlock the door.

3 sports : to fail to catch or hold the ball

[no object]

  • He was hit hard and fumbled on the 20-yard line.

[+ object]

  • He fumbled the ball on the 20-yard line.

fumble noun, plural fumbles [count]

  • (American football) He had one fumble during last week's game.

fumbler noun, plural fumblers [count]

fumbling adjective

  • He made a fumbling attempt to explain his behavior.

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