stumble (plural stumbles)
- A fall, trip or substantial misstep.
- An error or blunder.
- A clumsy walk.
- 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
- From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
- (a blunder): blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, thinko
- See also Thesaurus:error
a fall or trip
an error or blunder
- (intransitive) To trip or fall; to walk clumsily.
- He stumbled over a rock.
- (intransitive) To make a mistake or have trouble.
- I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.
- (transitive) To cause to stumble or trip.
- (transitive, figuratively) To mislead; to confound; to cause to err or to fall.
- To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; with on, upon, or against.
to trip or fall
to walk clumsily
to make a mistake or have trouble
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- “stumble” in the Online Etymology Dictionary