fumble

fumble
fum|ble [ˈfʌmbəl] v
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language]
1.) also fumble around [I and T]
to try to hold, move, or find something with your hands in an awkward way
fumble at/in/with
She dressed, her cold fingers fumbling with the buttons.
fumble for
I fumbled around in my bag for a cigarette.
She reached round to fumble the light on.
2.) [I and T]
if you fumble with your words when you are speaking, you have difficulty saying something
fumble for
Asked for an explanation, Mike had fumbled for words.
The second candidate fumbled her lines.
3.) [I and T]
to drop a ball after catching it
Quarterback Rattay was hit and fumbled the ball.
>fumble n
>fumbling n

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  • Fumble — Fum ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fumbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fumbling}.] [Akin to D. fommelen to crumple, fumble, Sw. fumla to fusuble, famla to grope, Dan. famle to grope, fumble, Icel. falme, AS. folm palm of the hand. See {Feel}, and cf. {Fanble} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fumble — (v.) mid 15c., handle clumsily, possibly from O.N. falma to fumble, grope. Similar words in Scandinavian and North Sea Germanic suggest onomatopoeia from a sound felt to indicate clumsiness (Cf. bumble, stumble, and obsolete English famble,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fumble — ► VERB 1) use the hands clumsily while doing or handling something. 2) (of the hands) do or handle something clumsily. 3) (fumble about/around) move about clumsily using the hands to find one s way. 4) express oneself or deal with something… …   English terms dictionary

  • Fumble — Fum ble, v. t. To handle or manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fumble — index miscue, mismanage Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fumble — vb *botch, bungle, muff, cobble Analogous words: blunder, flounder, *stumble …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fumble — [v] bumble, mess up bollix*, botch*, bungle*, err, feel, flounder, flub*, fluff*, goof*, grapple, grope, lose the handle*, louse up*, misfield, mishandle, mismanage, scrabble*, screw up*, spoil, stumble; concepts 101,181 Ant. do well …   New thesaurus

  • fumble — [fum′bəl] vi., vt. fumbled, fumbling [var. of ME famelen, prob. < ON famla, akin to Du fommeln, Ger fummeln] 1. to search (for a thing) by feeling about awkwardly with the hands; grope clumsily 2. to handle (a thing) clumsily or unskillfully;… …   English World dictionary

  • Fumble — A fumble in American and Canadian football is when a player, who has possession and control of the ball, drops the ball. By rule, it is any act other than passing, kicking or successful handing that results in loss of player possession. A fumble… …   Wikipedia

  • Fumble — Ein Turnover bedeutet im American Football den Ballverlust und die Abgabe des Angriffrechts einer Mannschaft. Dies ist beim American Football schwerwiegend, da man ohne Angriffsrecht nur schwer punkten kann. Es gibt drei Arten des Turnovers:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fumble — I UK [ˈfʌmb(ə)l] / US verb Word forms fumble : present tense I/you/we/they fumble he/she/it fumbles present participle fumbling past tense fumbled past participle fumbled 1) [intransitive] to try to hold, move, or find something using your hands… …   English dictionary

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