- IPA: /ˈstʌmbəl/
stumble (plural stumbles)Synonyms
- (a blunder) blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, thinko
- See also Thesaurus:error
- French: chute, faux pas
- German: Stolpern, Fehltritt
- Italian: scivolone
- Portuguese: tropeço
- Russian: спотыка́ние
- Spanish: tropezón, traspié
- French: bourde
- German: Fehler, Schnitzer, Ausrutscher, Patzer
- Russian: про́мах
- Spanish: desliz, torpeza, tropiezo
stumble (stumbles, present participle stumbling; past and past participle stumbled)
- (intransitive) To trip or fall; to walk clumsily.
- 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe; a Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (
please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. […], OCLC 230694662 ↗:
- He stumbled over a rock.
- (intransitive) To make a mistake or have trouble.
- I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.
- (transitive) To cause to stumble or trip.
- (transitive, figurative) To mislead; to confound; to cause to err or to fall.
- 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Vnlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], OCLC 879551664 ↗:
- False and dazzling fires to stumble men.
- a. 1705, John Locke, “An Examination of P[ère] Malebranche’s Opinion of Seeing All Things in God”, in Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke: […], London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], published 1706, OCLC 6963663 ↗:
- One thing more stumbles me in the very foundation of this hypothesis.
- To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; with on, upon, or against.
- He [Ovid] had stumbled, by some inadvertency, upon Livia in a bath.
- 1754, Christopher Smart, Snake
- Forth as she waddled in the brake, / A grey goose stumbled on a snake.
- French: trébucher
- German: stolpern
- Italian: scivolare
- Portuguese: tropeçar
- Russian: спотыка́ться
- Spanish: tropezar