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fum·ble

 (fŭm′bəl)
v. fum·bled, fum·bling, fum·bles
v.intr.
1. To touch or handle nervously or idly: fumble with a necktie.
2. To grope awkwardly to find or to accomplish something: fumble for a key.
3. To proceed awkwardly and uncertainly; blunder: fumble through a speech.
4.
a. Football To drop a ball that is in play.
b. Baseball To mishandle a ground ball.
v.tr.
1. To touch or handle clumsily or idly: "fumbled the skeleton key into the lock and turned it" (Bentley Dadmun).
2. To make a mess of; bungle. See Synonyms at botch.
3. To feel or make (one's way) awkwardly.
4.
a. Football To drop (a ball) while in play.
b. Baseball To mishandle (a ground ball).
n.
1. The act or an instance of fumbling.
2. Sports A ball that has been fumbled.

[Middle English fomelen, to grope.]

fum′bler n.

fumble

(ˈfʌmbəl)
vb
1. (intr; often foll by for or with) to grope about clumsily or blindly, esp in searching: he was fumbling in the dark for the money he had dropped.
2. (intr; foll by at or with) to finger or play with, esp in an absent-minded way
3. to say or do hesitantly or awkwardly: he fumbled the introduction badly.
4. (General Sporting Terms) to fail to catch or grasp (a ball, etc) cleanly
n
the act of fumbling
[C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish fumla]
ˈfumbler n
ˈfumblingly adv
ˈfumblingness n

fum•ble

(ˈfʌm bəl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to feel or grope about clumsily: He fumbled in his pocket for the keys.
2. to fail to hold a ball after having touched it or carried it, as in a baseball or football game.
3. to do something clumsily or unsuccessfully; blunder or fail.
v.t.
4. to make, handle, etc., clumsily or ineffectively; botch: to fumble an attempt.
5. to fail to hold (a ball) after having touched it or carried it.
n.
6. the act of fumbling.
7. an act or instance of fumbling the ball.
[1500–10]
fum′bler, n.
fum′bling•ly, adv.

fumble


Past participle: fumbled
Gerund: fumbling

Imperative
fumble
fumble
Present
I fumble
you fumble
he/she/it fumbles
we fumble
you fumble
they fumble
Preterite
I fumbled
you fumbled
he/she/it fumbled
we fumbled
you fumbled
they fumbled
Present Continuous
I am fumbling
you are fumbling
he/she/it is fumbling
we are fumbling
you are fumbling
they are fumbling
Present Perfect
I have fumbled
you have fumbled
he/she/it has fumbled
we have fumbled
you have fumbled
they have fumbled
Past Continuous
I was fumbling
you were fumbling
he/she/it was fumbling
we were fumbling
you were fumbling
they were fumbling
Past Perfect
I had fumbled
you had fumbled
he/she/it had fumbled
we had fumbled
you had fumbled
they had fumbled
Future
I will fumble
you will fumble
he/she/it will fumble
we will fumble
you will fumble
they will fumble
Future Perfect
I will have fumbled
you will have fumbled
he/she/it will have fumbled
we will have fumbled
you will have fumbled
they will have fumbled
Future Continuous
I will be fumbling
you will be fumbling
he/she/it will be fumbling
we will be fumbling
you will be fumbling
they will be fumbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fumbling
you have been fumbling
he/she/it has been fumbling
we have been fumbling
you have been fumbling
they have been fumbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fumbling
you will have been fumbling
he/she/it will have been fumbling
we will have been fumbling
you will have been fumbling
they will have been fumbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fumbling
you had been fumbling
he/she/it had been fumbling
we had been fumbling
you had been fumbling
they had been fumbling
Conditional
I would fumble
you would fumble
he/she/it would fumble
we would fumble
you would fumble
they would fumble
Past Conditional
I would have fumbled
you would have fumbled
he/she/it would have fumbled
we would have fumbled
you would have fumbled
they would have fumbled

fumble

This occurs when a runner loses the ball before being tackled; results in a free ball.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fumble - (sports) dropping the ballfumble - (sports) dropping the ball    
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
Verb1.fumble - feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
2.fumble - make one's way clumsily or blindly; "He fumbled towards the door"
go across, pass, go through - go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind"
3.fumble - handle clumsily
palm, handle - touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise"
4.fumble - make a mess of, destroy or ruinfumble - make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
go wrong, miscarry, fail - be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
5.fumble - drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder; "fumble a grounder"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

fumble

verb
1. grope, flounder, paw (informal), scrabble, feel around She crept from the bed and fumbled for her dressing gown.
2. stumble, struggle, blunder, flounder, bumble I fumbled around like an idiot.
3. bungle, spoil, botch, mess up, cock up (Brit. slang), mishandle, fuck up (offensive taboo slang), mismanage, muff, make a hash of (informal), make a nonsense of, bodge (informal), misfield I'd hate to fumble a chance like this.
noun
1. miss, mistake, slip, fault, error, blunder, botch, cock-up (slang), bodge (informal) Fans cheered a fumble by the home team's star.

fumble

verb
1. To reach about or search blindly or uncertainly:
2. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
3. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
noun
A stupid, clumsy mistake:
Informal: blooper, boner.
Slang: bloomer, goof.
Translations
يَرمي الطّابَة أو يَتَلَقّاها بارتِباكيَستَعْمِلُ يَدَيْه بارْتِباك
pohrávat sišmátratupustit/nechytit/zkazit míč
fumlemistetabe
ügyetlenül kezel
fálma, gera klaufalega
grabaliotigrabinėtiišleisti iš rankų kamuolįprarasti kamuolį
grābstītiesnenokertnetrapitneveikli rīkotiesņurcīt
nezachytiť letiacu loptupohrávať sašmátrať
beceriksizce tutmakel yordamıyla ara mak

fumble

[ˈfʌmbl]
A. VT (= drop) → dejar caer; (= handle badly) → manosear, coger or (LAm) agarrar con torpeza
to fumble one's way alongir a tientas
B. VI (also fumble about) → hurgar
to fumble in one's pocketshurgar en los bolsillos
to fumble for sthbuscar algo con las manos
to fumble for a wordtitubear buscando una palabra
to fumble with sthmanejar algo torpemente
to fumble with a doorforcejear para abrir una puerta

fumble

[ˈfʌmbəl]
vt [+ ball] → mal réceptionner, cafouiller
fumble for
vtfouiller pour trouver
fumble with
vt fustripoter

fumble

vi (also fumble about or around)umhertasten or -tappen; to fumble in the darkim Dunkeln herumtasten or -tappen; to fumble in one’s pocketsin seinen Taschen wühlen; to fumble (about) for somethingnach etw suchen or tasten; (in case, pocket, drawer) → nach etw wühlen; to fumble with somethingan etw (dat)herumfummeln; to fumble for wordsnach Worten suchen or ringen
vtvermasseln (inf), → verpfuschen (inf); to fumble the ballden Ball nicht sicher fangen

fumble

[ˈfʌmbl]
1. vi (also fumble about) to fumble (about) in one's pocketsfrugare or rovistare nelle tasche
to fumble in the dark → andare a tastoni or a tentoni, brancolare
to fumble with sth → armeggiare con qc
2. vt to fumble a catchmancare una presa
to fumble a ball → lasciarsi sfuggire di mano una palla

fumble

(ˈfambl) verb
1. to use one's hands awkwardly and with difficulty. He fumbled with the key; She fumbled about in her bag for her key.
2. to drop a ball (clumsily), or fail to hold or catch it.
References in classic literature ?
But then we heard the tramp of men coming to the door, and heard them begin to fumble with the pad- lock, and heard a man say:
some stroke their chins; some stroke their noses; some stroke up UNDER their chin with their hand; some twirl a chain, some fumble a button, then there's some that draws a figure or a letter with their finger on their cheek, or under their chin or on their under lip.
The youth sat down obediently and the cor- poral, laying aside his rifle, began to fumble in the bushy hair of his comrade.
The youth made no reply, but began to fumble with the buttons of his jacket.
The larger books he could not afford at all; he could only look at them wistfully, fumble their leaves with his finger, turn over the volumes in his hands, and then replace them.
cried the old man, and he began to fumble for his snuff-box.
Bellamy had been the name of the gentleman who, a year and a half before, was to have met Pandora on the arrival of the German steamer; it was in Bellamy's name that she had addressed herself with such effusion to Bellamy's friend, the man in the straw hat who was about to fumble in her mother's old clothes.
It's manifestly absurd to say that Hirsch can have made a mistake about a paper that nobody knew of but himself; or can have tried to help a foreign thief by telling him to fumble in the wrong drawer.
Ethan paused also, affecting to fumble for the peg on which he hung his coat and cap.
William, however, was even more agitated than she was, and her first instalment of promised help took the form of some commonplace upon the age of the building or the architect's name, which gave him an excuse to fumble in a drawer for certain designs, which he laid upon the table between the three of them.
She was just at the unattractive, fidgety age when no one knew what to do with her, and so let her fumble her way up as she could, finding pleasure in odd things, and living much alone, for she did not go to school, because her shoulders were growing round, and Mrs.
And to clinch the argument, there were the several Congressmen who testified to having seen Ernest fumble and drop the bomb.