I. verb (stumbled; stumbling) Etymology: Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect stumle to stumble Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to fall into sin or waywardness b. to make an error ; blunder c. to come to an obstacle to belief 2. to trip in walking or running 3. a. to walk unsteadily or clumsily b. to speak or act in a hesitant or faltering manner 4. a. to come unexpectedly or by chance <
stumble onto the truth
b. to fall or move carelessly transitive verb 1. to cause to stumble ; trip 2. bewilder, confoundstumbler nounstumblingly adverb II. noun Date: 1547 an act or instance of stumbling

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