Fumbling
Fumble Fum"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fumbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fumbling}.] [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}.] 1. To feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or find something. [1913 Webster]

Adams now began to fumble in his pockets. --Fielding. [1913 Webster]

2. To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles. --Chesterfield. [1913 Webster]

Alas! how he fumbles about the domains. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

3. To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over. [1913 Webster]

I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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