- (transitive, intransitive) To handle nervously or awkwardly.
- Waiting for the interview, he fumbled with his tie.
- He fumbled the key into the lock.
- (transitive, intransitive) To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
- He fumbled for his keys.
- He fumbled his way to the light-switch.
- (Can we date this quote?), Fielding, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- Adams now began to fumble in his pockets.
- (intransitive) To blunder uncertainly.
- He fumbled through his prepared speech.
- To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly.
- to fumble for an excuse
- (transitive, intransitive, sports) To drop a ball or a baton etc. by accident.
- 2010 December 28, Owen Phillips, “Sunderland 0 - 2 Blackpool”, in BBC:
- Henderson's best strike on goal saw goalkeeper Kingson uncomfortably fumble his measured shot around the post.
- To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.
To handle nervously or awkwardly
To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
To blunder uncertainly
To drop a ball or a baton etc
fumble (plural fumbles)