stumbler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stumbler someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
    • n stumbler a walker or runner who trips and almost falls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stumbler One who stumbles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stumbler One who stumbles, in any sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Stumbler one who stumbles
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains the b as excrescent, the M. E. stomblen, stomelen, stumlen, also stomeren being from Ice. stumra, to stumble. It is thus a doublet of stammer.

Usage

In literature:

It was he who was the man of the world, and I the unresourceful stumbler.
"Simon the Jester" by William J. Locke
There is, now and then, a stumbler; but he is instantly kicked out of sight, and uniformly counts for nothing.
"The Monikins" by J. Fenimore Cooper
There, the stumbler is on his feet again.
"The Nether World" by George Gissing
What folly to the stumbler to run away from the light!
"Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint's Writings" by Alexander Whyte
There was an immediate crackle and burst of static electricity, and the stumbler fell back yelping and shaking his arms.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
His keen instinct for a fellow-stumbler was the only instinct he had not deliberately blunted.
"Poppy" by Cynthia Stockley
The feeble ones, literally the stumblers, among His people in that day of manifestation will be like David.
"Studies in Zechariah" by Arno C. Gaebelein
All eyes were turned on Ebenezer, but that terrible word 'categorical' had proved a stumbler to him.
"Inchbracken" by Robert Cleland
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In poetry:

I dreamed I joined with a restless throng,
Eager for pleasure and gain;
But ever and anon a stumbler fell,
And uttered a cry of pain.
"Go Work in My Vineyard" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
But on they came, and with an embrace
The first one the arrow met;
And he came pitching forward and fell on his face,
Like a stumbler in the street.
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
The blunt, clumsy stumblers, the boors.
Winter is for women ——
The woman, still at her knitting,
At the cradle of Spanis walnut,
Her body a bulb in the cold and too dumb to think.
"Wintering" by Sylvia Plath
For the fate of an empire, her life and her fame,
The laggard, the stumbler, the faint heart, the lame!
For the red stricken field whereon nations depend,
The splint and the spavin and bellows to mend!
"The Quest (Horses For The Army)" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

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A stumbler zombie (which moves slowly), played by Alicia Pituch of.
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Joe Biden has been so-often portrayed as a stumbler and a bumbler that his bar has been set low.
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In science:

In particular, prism-stumbler is the application developed directly to support the Linux Familiar embedded operation system. 2) Active Probing The active probing method uses IEEE 802.11 specific “probe request frames” on each channel where it is able to detect wireless activity.
WLAN location system: Background theories and future directions
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