- 1Trip or momentarily lose one’s balance; almost fall: her foot caught a shoe and she stumbledMore example sentences
trip (over/up), lose one's balance, lose/miss one's footing, slip
- But when she began stumbling and losing her balance, she knew something was seriously wrong.
- That way, your bud doesn't have to deal with stumbling or losing his or her balance when the train comes to a bumpy stop.
- The body tripped and stumbled momentarily but carried on regardless.
- 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Trip repeatedly as one walks: his legs still weak, he stumbled after themMore example sentences
- Almost too tired to walk, but I stumbled into the living room and fell on the couch.
- Here we see, five people stumbling their way across the street.
- A short, elderly woman of unsurpassed hideosity came upon them - or rather, stumbled over them.
- 1.2Make a mistake or repeated mistakes in speaking: she stumbled over the wordsMore example sentences
- He is just reading it now, and he stumbled over the opening story as well.
- I stumbled over my mumbled responses, trying to form questions I knew needed asking.
- He stumbled over his instructions, trying to keep his eyes stern and controlling.
- 1.3 (stumble across/on/upon) Find or encounter by chance: they stumbled across a farmer selling 25 acresMore example sentences
- The subjects for his entry for the Schweppes award were stumbled upon in an entirely chance encounter.
- I never thought something was amiss until today when I came across this forum and a chance stumbling on to some related websites.
- ‘The chances of us stumbling on one of the top guys are zero,’ he said.
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- 1An act of stumbling.More example sentences
- They depict a kind of fall from quotidian grace - evoking a realm where spills, stumbles and bumps thwart our schedules, routines and Palm Pilot agendas.
- But his occasional stumbles should not erase his efforts to uphold the bygone standards of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.
- Early stumbles or successes may turn out to be a mere blip in the long run.
- 1.1A stumbling walk: he parodied my groping stumble across the stageMore example sentences
- But what's a little stumble when you can walk through a lush cloud forest, gawk at howler monkeys and wade in a lake on the floor of a volcanic crater?
- Angela quickly recovered from her stumble, and began to limp while walking ahead of him, hoping he wouldn't notice.
- He grinned down at her and walked by her giving her a shove making her stumble.
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- If Roma are the biggest sliders after the first quarter of the competition, Iberia has provided the rest of the major stumblers.
- There is also the row with consultants over their future role and contracts (medical indemnity insurance is the current stumbler).
- In addition, there is the added stumbler that allowing below-invoice selling will require primary legislation.
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- They are also getting stumblingly obvious about it.
- She muttered nervously, stumblingly gaining her footing.
- Was France trapped in a cycle of monarchy, republic, and empire, or did it advance stumblingly towards stability, finally achieved by the Third Republic?
Middle English (as a verb): from Old Norse, from the Germanic base of stammer.