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Definition of fumble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fumble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌmbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fumble
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌmbl//
     
    he / she / it fumbles
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌmblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌmblz//
     
    past simple fumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌmbld//
     
    past participle fumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌmbld//
     
    -ing form fumbling
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌmblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌmblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to use your hands in an awkward way when you are doing something or looking for something fumble (at/with/in something) (for something) She fumbled in her pocket for a handkerchief. He fumbled with the buttons on his shirt. fumble around She was fumbling around in the dark looking for the light switch. fumble something (+ adv./prep.) He fumbled the key into the ignition. fumble to do something I fumbled to zip up my jacket.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to have difficulty speaking clearly or finding the right words to say fumble (for something) During the interview, she fumbled helplessly for words. fumble something to fumble an announcement
  3. 3[transitive] fumble something (especially in sport) to drop a ball or to fail to stop or kick it
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Low German fommeln or Dutch fommelen.
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