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 fumblingflub, stumble, mishandle, botch, goof, fluff, err, flounder, mismanage, feel, grapple, spoil, grope, bungle, bollix, scrabble, misfield
Examples from the Web for fumbling
Contemporary Examples of fumbling
Huckabee framed the situation this way: “We are fumbling on multiple fronts.”Iowa Frontrunner Mike Huckabee Talks to The Daily Beast
September 22, 2014
Season one of OITNB chronicled her clumsy, fumbling attempts to get her legs under her so she could run for safety.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season Two Is More Bingeworthy Than the First
May 16, 2014
By fumbling that final big decision, Ferguson may have tarnished his legacy forever.David Moyes: The Vanity of Alex Ferguson
April 23, 2014
But on the IRS story, there was systematic "fumbling" in the West Wing.The White House and the IRS: A Carteresque Fiasco
May 28, 2013
Fumbling over the words, he shouts, “This goddammed stutter!”‘Hyde Park on Hudson’: Is Bill Murray as FDR an Oscar Frontrunner?
September 2, 2012
Historical Examples of fumbling
We are, on the contrary, fumbling and wallowing about where the Greek pondered and philosophized.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
He had taken his hand away from his breast, and was fumbling with it on the grass behind him.In the Valley
"About fifty dollars, I think," said the travelling man, fumbling for his wallet.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
"I got it 'ere," responded the sailor hastily, fumbling with his tie.
In another instant, fumbling in the darkness, he found the bolts and drove them home.
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.).