Fumble - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfʌmbl|  American pronunciation of the word fumble
Brit.  |ˈfʌmb(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word fumble


- (sports) dropping the ball (syn: muff)


- feel about uncertainly or blindly (syn: grope)
- make one's way clumsily or blindly(syn: blunder)
- handle clumsily
- make a mess of, destroy or ruin (syn: blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollocks, botch, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, mishandle, muff, spoil)
- drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder


She fumbled in her pocket for her keys.

They fumbled a good opportunity to take control of the market.

He was hit hard and fumbled on the 20-yard line.

He fumbled the ball on the 20-yard line.

...played the entire piano piece without a single fumble...

He was fumbling about in his pocket for the key.

I was fumbling with the key as I couldn't see where the lock was in the dark.

Never lose time fumbling about something.

She dressed, her cold fingers fumbling with the buttons.

I fumbled around in my bag for a cigarette.

She reached round to fumble the light on.

Asked for an explanation, Mike had fumbled for words.

The second candidate fumbled her lines.

Quarterback Rattay was hit and fumbled the ball.

I very soon tarnished the coin by fumbling it between my hot, moist fingers.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: fumble
he/she/it: fumbles
present participle: fumbling
past tense: fumbled
past participle: fumbled
singular: fumble
plural: fumbles
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