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fumble

fum·ble

fumble

 
 
pronunciation:
fuhm bl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: fumbled, fumbles, fumbling
definition 1: to grope about awkwardly, nervously, or clumsily.
In a hurry to dress, he fumbled with his shirt buttons.During the speech he fumbled for words.
similar words:
grope, muff
definition 2: in certain sports, to lose one's hold on the game ball.
If I hadn't fumbled on that play, we might have won the game.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to handle clumsily; make a mess of.
He fumbled the business deal with his offensive jokes.
definition 2: in certain sports, to lose control of or mishandle (the game ball).
It looked as if it was going to be a great catch until he fumbled the ball.
similar words:
muff
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of fumbling.
The other team got the ball after our fumble.
similar words:
muff
definition 2: in certain sports, a game ball that has been fumbled.
He recovered the fumble.
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derivations: fumblingly (adv.), fumbler (n.), fumblingness (n.)
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