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stum·ble

 (stŭm′bəl)
v. stum·bled, stum·bling, stum·bles
v.intr.
1.
a. To miss one's step in walking or running; trip and almost fall.
b. To proceed unsteadily or falteringly; flounder. See Synonyms at blunder.
c. To act or speak falteringly or clumsily: an inexperienced actor stumbling through his lines.
2. To make a mistake or mistakes; blunder: The administration stumbled badly on foreign policy.
3. To come upon accidentally or unexpectedly: "The urge to wider voyages ... caused men to stumble upon New America" (Kenneth Cragg).
v.tr.
To cause to stumble.
n.
1. The act of stumbling.
2. A mistake or blunder.

[Middle English stumblen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stumra.]

stum′bler n.
stum′bling·ly adv.

stumble

(ˈstʌmbəl)
vb (intr)
1. to trip or fall while walking or running
2. to walk in an awkward, unsteady, or unsure way
3. to make mistakes or hesitate in speech or actions
4. (foll by: across or upon) to come (across) by accident
5. to commit a grave mistake or sin
n
6. a false step, trip, or blunder
7. the act of stumbling
[C14: related to Norwegian stumla, Danish dialect stumle; see stammer]
ˈstumbler n
ˈstumbling adj
ˈstumblingly adv

stum•ble

(ˈstʌm bəl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to strike the foot against something, as in walking or running, so as to stagger or fall.
2. to walk or go unsteadily.
3. to make a slip, mistake, or blunder, esp. a sinful one.
4. to proceed in a hesitating or blundering manner, as in action or speech (often fol. by along).
5. to discover or meet with accidentally or unexpectedly (usu. fol. by on, upon, or across): They stumbled on a little village.
n.
6. the act of stumbling.
7. a moral lapse or error.
8. a slip or blunder.
[1275–1325; < Old Norse; akin to stammer]
stum′bler, n.
stum′bling•ly, adv.

stumble


Past participle: stumbled
Gerund: stumbling

Imperative
stumble
stumble
Present
I stumble
you stumble
he/she/it stumbles
we stumble
you stumble
they stumble
Preterite
I stumbled
you stumbled
he/she/it stumbled
we stumbled
you stumbled
they stumbled
Present Continuous
I am stumbling
you are stumbling
he/she/it is stumbling
we are stumbling
you are stumbling
they are stumbling
Present Perfect
I have stumbled
you have stumbled
he/she/it has stumbled
we have stumbled
you have stumbled
they have stumbled
Past Continuous
I was stumbling
you were stumbling
he/she/it was stumbling
we were stumbling
you were stumbling
they were stumbling
Past Perfect
I had stumbled
you had stumbled
he/she/it had stumbled
we had stumbled
you had stumbled
they had stumbled
Future
I will stumble
you will stumble
he/she/it will stumble
we will stumble
you will stumble
they will stumble
Future Perfect
I will have stumbled
you will have stumbled
he/she/it will have stumbled
we will have stumbled
you will have stumbled
they will have stumbled
Future Continuous
I will be stumbling
you will be stumbling
he/she/it will be stumbling
we will be stumbling
you will be stumbling
they will be stumbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been stumbling
you have been stumbling
he/she/it has been stumbling
we have been stumbling
you have been stumbling
they have been stumbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been stumbling
you will have been stumbling
he/she/it will have been stumbling
we will have been stumbling
you will have been stumbling
they will have been stumbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been stumbling
you had been stumbling
he/she/it had been stumbling
we had been stumbling
you had been stumbling
they had been stumbling
Conditional
I would stumble
you would stumble
he/she/it would stumble
we would stumble
you would stumble
they would stumble
Past Conditional
I would have stumbled
you would have stumbled
he/she/it would have stumbled
we would have stumbled
you would have stumbled
they would have stumbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stumble - an unsteady uneven gaitstumble - an unsteady uneven gait    
gait - a person's manner of walking
2.stumble - an unintentional but embarrassing blunderstumble - an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
Verb1.stumble - walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about"
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
2.stumble - miss a step and fall or nearly fallstumble - miss a step and fall or nearly fall; "She stumbled over the tree root"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
founder - stumble and nearly fall; "the horses foundered"
3.stumble - encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant"
come into, come by - obtain, especially accidentally
4.stumble - make an errorstumble - make an error; "She slipped up and revealed the name"
err, mistake, slip - to make a mistake or be incorrect

stumble

verb
1. trip, fall, slip, reel, stagger, falter, flounder, lurch, come a cropper (informal), lose your balance, blunder about The smoke was so thick that I stumbled on the first step.
2. totter, reel, stagger, blunder, falter, flounder, lurch, wobble, teeter, move clumsily I stumbled into the telephone box and dialled 999.
3. falter, hesitate, stammer, stutter, fluff (informal) His voiced wavered and he stumbled over his words.
stumble across or on or upon something or someone discover, find, come across, encounter, run across, chance upon, happen upon, light upon, blunder upon History relates that they stumbled on a magnificent waterfall.

stumble

verb
1. To catch the foot against something and lose one's balance:
Idioms: lose one's footing, make a false step.
2. To walk unsteadily:
3. To move awkwardly or clumsily:
4. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
5. To make an error or mistake:
phrasal verb
stumble on or upon
To find or meet by chance:
bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, happen on (or upon), light on (or upon), run across, run into, tumble on.
Archaic: alight on (or upon).
Idiom: meet up with.
noun
A stupid, clumsy mistake:
Informal: blooper, boner.
Slang: bloomer, goof.
Translations
يَتَعَثَّريَتَعَثَّرُيَتَلَعْثَم، يُتَعَثَّر بالكَلاميَمْشي بدون ثَبات
zakopnoutklopýtatzadrhávat
snubletumle afstedlede efter ordene
tropezartropezónavanzar dando tropezones/traspiésbalbucir
kompastua
spotaknuti se
akadozva beszélbotorkál
hrasaskjögraverîa fótaskortur á tungunni
つまずく
걸려 넘어질 뻔하다
klupinėtikluptisukluptiužkliūti
aizķertiesiet klupšusklupt/aizķertiesstomīties
potkýnať sazaseknúť sa
spotakniti se
snubbla
สะดุด
tökezlemekyanlışlık yapmakdili sürçmeksendelemeksendeleyerek yürümek
vấp

stumble

[ˈstʌmbl]
A. Ntropezón m, traspié m
B. VItropezar, dar un traspié
to stumble against sthtropezar contra algo
to stumble on; to go stumbling on (= keep walking) → avanzar dando traspiés
to stumble over sthtropezar en algo
to stumble through a speechpronunciar un discurso de cualquier manera, pronunciar un discurso atracándose
to stumble (up)on or across sth (fig) → tropezar con algo

stumble

[ˈstʌmbəl] vi
(= trip) → trébucher
He stumbled and fell, exhausted → Il trébucha et tomba, épuisé.
(= walk unsteadily) → tituber
to stumble in → entrer en titubant
to stumble out → sortir en titubant
to stumble around → tituber
(= falter) to stumble over the words → buter sur les mots
His voice wavered and he stumbled over the words → Sa voix se brisait et il butait sur les mots.
stumble across
vt fus (= find unexpectedly) → tomber sur
stumble on
vt fus (= find unexpectedly) → tomber surstumbling block npierre f d'achoppement

stumble

nStolpern nt no pl, no indef art; (in speech etc) → Stocken nt no pl, no indef art
vi (lit, fig)stolpern; (in speech) → stocken; to stumble against somethinggegen etw stoßen; to stumble on something (lit)über etw (acc)stolpern; (fig)auf etw (acc)stoßen; he stumbled through a waltz/his speechstockend or holperig spielte er einen Walzer/hielt er seine Rede

stumble

[ˈstʌmbl] viinciampare; (in speech) → incespicare
to stumble against sth → inciampare contro qc
to stumble in/out → entrare/uscire barcollando
to stumble on or across sth (fig) (secret) → scoprire per caso (photo) → trovare per caso

stumble

(ˈstambl) verb
1. to strike the foot against something and lose one's balance, or nearly fall. He stumbled over the edge of the carpet.
2. to walk unsteadily. He stumbled along the track in the dark.
3. to make mistakes, or hesitate in speaking, reading aloud etc. He stumbles over his words when speaking in public.
ˈstumbling-block noun
a difficulty that prevents progress.
stumble across/on
to find by chance. I stumbled across this book today in a shop.

stumble

يَتَعَثَّرُ zakopnout snuble stolpern παραπατώ tropezar kompastua trébucher spotaknuti se inciampare つまずく 걸려 넘어질 뻔하다 struikelen snuble potknąć się tropeçar спотыкаться snubbla สะดุด tökezlemek vấp 蹒跚

stumble

vi tropezar, dar un traspié
References in classic literature ?
As I wandered over those rough pastures, I had the good luck to stumble upon a bit of the first road that went from Black Hawk out to the north country; to my grandfather's farm, then on to the Shimerdas' and to the Norwegian settlement.
Be careful; the stairs and landings are dark; don't stumble.
It had a careless look, as if it were meant for the uses of the public; so, entering, the first thing I did was to stumble over an ash-box in the porch.
To dress in the dark, and eat in the dark, and stumble in darkness to his pallet, this is his usual lot.
The stone was sharp on the inside and round on the outside, which, as every one knows, is the most dangerous kind that a horse can pick up, at the same time cutting his foot and making him most liable to stumble and fall.
His fourth day at his work Jurgis saw a man stumble while running in front of a car, and have his foot mashed off, and before he had been there three weeks he was witness of a yet more dreadful accident.
It was very soon discovered that whoever cast an indignity on Topsy was sure to meet with some inconvenient accident shortly after;--either a pair of ear-rings or some cherished trinket would be missing, or an article of dress would be suddenly found utterly ruined, or the person would stumble accidently into a pail of hot water, or a libation of dirty slop would unaccountably deluge them from above when in full gala dress;-and on all these occasions, when investigation was made, there was nobody found to stand sponsor for the indignity.
In one of the shops I had the luck to stumble upon a book which has charmed me nearly to death.
Heathcliff, we have each had a commencement, and each stumbled and tottered on the threshold; had our teachers scorned instead of aiding us, we should stumble and totter yet.
All this, I saw in a moment, for I had only a moment to see it in: he swore an oath at me, made a hit at me - it was a round weak blow that missed me and almost knocked himself down, for it made him stumble - and then he ran into the mist, stumbling twice as he went, and I lost him.
This my long sufferance and my day of grace They who neglect and scorn, shall never taste; But hard be hard'nd, blind be blinded more, That they may stumble on, and deeper fall; And none but such from mercy I exclude.
Then the master made me a sign to come to his trencher side; but as I walked on the table, being in great surprise all the time, as the indulgent reader will easily conceive and excuse, I happened to stumble against a crust, and fell flat on my face, but received no hurt.