fumble

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fumble drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder "fumble a grounder"
    • v fumble handle clumsily
    • v fumble feel about uncertainly or blindly "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
    • v fumble make one's way clumsily or blindly "He fumbled towards the door"
    • v fumble 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"
    • n fumble (sports) dropping the ball
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fumble To feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or find something. "Adams now began to fumble in his pockets."
    • Fumble To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse. "My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles .""Alas! how he fumbles about the domains."
    • Fumble To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over. "I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers."
    • v. t Fumble To handle or manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fumble To feel or grope about blindly or clumsily; hence, to make awkward attempts; seek or search for something awkwardly.
    • fumble To stutter; stammer; hesitate in speech; mumble.
    • fumble To find by groping; secure or ascertain by feeling about blindly or clumsily.
    • fumble Specifically In base-ball, to stop or catch, as the ball, in such a clumsy manner that an opportunity is lost to put out an opponent.
    • fumble To manage awkwardly; crowd or tumble together; jumble.
    • n fumble The act of groping; awkward attempt; aimless search.
    • n fumble In base-ball, foot-ball, and other games, an act of fumbling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Fumble fum′bl to grope about awkwardly: to handle awkwardly: to stammer in speech: to find by groping
    • v.t Fumble to manage awkwardly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. fommelen, to crumple, fumble, Sw. fumla, to fusuble, famla, to grope, Dan. famle, to grope, fumble, Icel. falme, AS. folm, palm of the hand. See Feel, and cf. Fanble Palm

Usage

In literature:

Jarrow made no reply, but stepped off the forecastle head with a noise of wet, swishing oilskins, and fumbled for a minute.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
She was not going to have any fumbling male hand spoil that sweetly running motor.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
He reached the pipe, fumbled a moment, and secured it.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The top of it was high and it was blind fumbling unless he stood upon a chair.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
Old Margery's fumbling hands were not nimble either, and it was long since she had acted as attendant upon one of her own sex.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
He stepped to the table and fumbled some papers.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Fumbling had been much in evidence and poor judgment even more.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Several times they got confused on the signals, and once one of the new ends lost the ball on a fumble that looked almost childish.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
Gay began fumbling up her sleeve for her handkerchief.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
She did not reply, but fumbled with the knitted portion of her garment, running its edges through her fingers.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
His hands were big and ugly, and always in ungraceful fumbling motion as though a separate soul dwelt within them.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The other four followed his example, fumbling with clumsy fingers in the darkness.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
He seemed to be fumbling for something about which he could deliciously think if he could but grasp it.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Brett fumbled out a ten, waited for change.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
Not one of them but have lavisher's hands, fumbling, back and forth, along the walls.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
The barn door stuck, with the snow which had collected in the runway, and she had to fumble for some time before it would come open.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
She fumbled in her blouse, and drawing forth a handkerchief, passed it mechanically over her damp forehead.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Inspector Field bent down and fumbled on the floor.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
With his left hand he fumbled in his breast, and Granger knew that he grasped a loaded weapon.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
He fumbled under his pillow for his watch.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

The tired turtle,
Fumbling through the wood,
Came, asking hospitably
"If I would?"
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
He raised the head of the careless Dead;
He fumbled a vagrant curl;
And then with his sightless smile he said:
"It's only my little girl."
"The Blind And The Dead" by Robert W Service
WIDE is the world and wide its open seas,
Yet I who fare from pole to pole remain
A prisoned Hope that paces ill at ease,
A captive Fear that fumbles with its chain.
"The Keeper" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
At last when the knot was about to be tied
For the ring in his pocket he fumbled
All he found was the ‘ticket’ for eighteen pence
And the best-man said, “Blimey! you’re ‘Tumbled’.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
Strange--yet stranger I.
And as one climbs from water up to land
Fumbling for weedy steps with foot and hand,
So I for yesterdays whereon to climb
To this remote and new-struck isle of time.
But I found not myself nor yesterday--
"Waking" by John Freeman
No glory but her memory teems with it,
No beauty that's not hers; more nobly none
Of all her sisters runs with her; but she
For her old destiny dreams herself unfit,
And fumbling at the future doubtfully
Muses how Rome of Romans was undone.
"England's Enemy" by John Freeman

In news:

Korey Banks is always on the hunt for offensive mistakes, recovering loose balls, picking off passes and forcing fumbles for the B.C.
All-Out Race: PV fumble seals UAPB's victory in offensive shootout.
Matthew Stafford's fumble also cost team potentially big offensive gain.
AMARILLO — John Paul Hesse ran for three touchdowns and returned a fumble 41 yards for another score as Sacred Heart romped past San Jacinto Academy 50-6 on Friday.
Fumble proved costly in loss to Troy.
Keenan Reynolds lost a fumble that proved crucial in Saturday's 41-31 loss more.
Taylor, a defensive end, recorded 53 total tackles, 131/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, and also broke up seven passes.
Entering the bowl season, Georgia junior linebacker Jarvis Jones has 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, 22.5 tackles-for-loss and 77 tackles.
It's one of those simple questions kids ask that can leave us fumbling for an answer .
A fumble by the Panthers on their next possession set the Maplesville offense up at the Jemison 27, and with a 1-yard touchdown run by Chambers, the Devils retook the lead, 35-28, with 9:51 to play.
The Oklahoman reported Wednesday the Big 12 Conference head of officiating apologized to Oklahoma State and head coach Mike Gundy for a botched no fumble call at the end of the Texas game Saturday night.
Tennessee able to keep it relatively close — 24-10 — despite three lost fumbles, three interceptions More.
Mike Daniels runs to the end zone for a touchdown after picking up a fumble by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the second quarter.
QB tries to findcure for fumbling.
He makes too many killer mistakes, like running a sloppy route that results in an interception or losing a fumble on a reckless punt return.
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