verb (used without object), fum·bled, fum·bling.
verb (used with object), fum·bled, fum·bling.
Origin of fumble
Synonyms for fumble
Related Words for fumbleflub, stumble, mishandle, botch, goof, fluff, err, flounder, mismanage, feel, grapple, spoil, grope, bungle, bollix, scrabble, misfield
Examples from the Web for fumble
Contemporary Examples of fumble
Following the fumble, all hope for a comeback—and, by extension, for a competitive game—vanished.The Impossible Super Bowl Score: First 43-8 Football Game in a Century
February 3, 2014
Getting the ball back after the fumble and running 83 yards for the game-winning touchdown is a little better.It’s Time for Obama to Go on Offense on Health Care
November 19, 2013
But there were a whole lot of people crying “fumble” then, too.Anyone Who Counts Obama Out Hasn’t Reckoned on His Survival Skills
November 17, 2013
Fly, Ravens, Fly Baltimore capitalized on the James fumble, carving up the vaunted 49er defense with a mixture of run and pass.15 Best Moments of the 2013 Super Bowl (VIDEO)
February 4, 2013
Yet the Saudis backed the intervention in Libya—only to see the Americans fumble their leadership once again.Obama's Middle East Head Spin
Christopher Dickey, John Barry
April 22, 2011
Historical Examples of fumble
The girl's face flushed, and she began to fumble the shawl nervously with her fingers.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
He began to fumble presently for his Bible,—he must have some help.
He had promised me faithfully not to fumble with his cravat, and evidently he had not once stirred.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
No language except the chaos we fumble with could make it possible.In a Little Town
I heard him murmur something about the servants and fumble for the switch.The Misplaced Battleship
Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Word Origin for fumble
mid-15c., "handle clumsily," possibly from Old Norse falma "to fumble, grope." Similar words in Scandinavian and North Sea Germanic suggest onomatopoeia from a sound felt to indicate clumsiness (cf. bumble, stumble, and obsolete English famble, fimble of roughly the same meaning). Related: Fumbled; fumbling.
1640s, from fumble (v.).