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American English: /ˈfəmbəl/
British English: /ˈfʌmb(ə)l/

Translation of fumble in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (grope) he was fumbling (around or about) in the dark
    buscaba algo a tientas y a ciegas en la oscuridad
    she fumbled in her pockets
    revolvió or hurgó en sus bolsillos
    to fumble for somethingshe fumbled for the keyhole
    buscó a tientas la cerradura
    he fumbled for the right words
    tartamudeó, tratando de encontrar las palabras adecuadas
    to fumble with somethingshe fumbled with her buttons
    intentó torpemente abrocharse/desabrocharse
    Example sentences
    • Clumsily fumbling around in his personal possessions with fingers which had fallen half-asleep, the emissary produced a neatly rolled-up paper and handed it over to the scaly hand before him.
    • Clumsily, he fumbled around for tissues, but couldn't find any.
    • She clumsily opened her book and fumbled around for her pen.
  • 2 (in US football)
    Example sentences
    • The Crigglestone fullback fumbled the ball allowing Neil Kennedy and Ian Barnes to get their hands on the ball at the same time just before the ball went dead.
    • Cody was much less productive, fumbling the ball at crucial times and finding his way into coach Dave McGinnis' doghouse.
    • Instead, Curry fumbles the ball slightly, blowing the chance for a dunk.

transitive verb

  • (ball)
    dejar caer
    (in US football) fumblear
    to fumble one's wayshe fumbled her way across the unlit room
    cruzó a tientas la oscura habitación


  • (US) [colloquial]
    metedura (feminine) de pata [colloquial]
    (in US football) fumble (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Finally, have sex when you're awake, not just at the end of the day when it's a quick fumble before you fall asleep.
    • She gets two more drinks and a quick fumble with the hunky policeman, who apologises for his insensitivity to the subtleties of the evidence.
    • We then proceeded to snog, fumble, grope and rub, until her friends pulled her off onto the dancefloor.
    Example sentences
    • He registered eight tackles, had two sacks, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal - all despite being blocked most of the game by a tackle and tight end.
    • He registered two sacks, blocked a field goal and recovered a fumble.
    • Culpepper made two critical mistakes - a fumble on the goal line and, to a lesser extent, the game-ending interception.
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