I. verb (fumbled; fumbling) Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish fumla to fumble Date: 1534 intransitive verb 1. a. to grope for or handle something clumsily or aimlessly b. to make awkward attempts to do or find something <
fumbled in his pocket for a coin
c. to search by trial and error d. blunder 2. to feel one's way or move awkwardly 3. a. to drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder b. to lose hold of a football while handling or running with it transitive verb 1. to bring about by clumsy manipulation 2. a. to feel or handle clumsily b. to deal with in a blundering way ; bungle 3. to make (one's way) in a clumsy manner 4. a. misplay <
fumble a grounder
b. to lose hold of (a football) while handling or running • fumbler nounfumblingly adverb II. noun Date: 1634 1. an act or instance of fumbling 2. a fumbled ball

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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