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Definition of "stumble" []

  • To miss one's step in walking or running; trip and almost fall. (verb-intransitive)
  • To proceed unsteadily or falteringly; flounder. See Synonyms at blunder. (verb-intransitive)
  • To act or speak falteringly or clumsily. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a mistake; blunder. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fall into evil ways; err. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stumble" in a sentence
  • "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?"