verb (used without object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
verb (used with object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
Origin of stumble
Examples from the Web for stumble
A party that cannot make these decisions openly and confidently will stumble in 2016.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight|James Poulos|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, the labor unions and liberal groups that nominally backed Cuomo could not be more thrilled to see him stumble.Andrew Cuomo Can't Ignore It Now: He's Weak Even at Home|David Freedlander|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I stumble through interviews for my job at NY1, memories flooding back.
Wandering around Tribeca, you may stumble upon a decrepit elevator shaft that's full of curiosities.
Grilled about whether his statements stemmed from racism or jealousy, as he has claimed, Sterling started to stumble.Donald Sterling’s Insane Attempt at Damage Control Fails Miserably|Nina Strochlic|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Adams left the problem as he found it, and came north to stumble over others, less picturesque but nearer.The Education of Henry Adams|Henry Adams
You stumble, and you cause those whom you guide to stumble.'The Gospel of St. John|Frederick Denison Maurice
I am fearful of going away, as we may stumble upon some more of them.Peter Simple|Frederick Marryat
At any moment some servant, rising earlier than his fellows, might stumble upon us, and in his surprise sound the alarm.Captain Macklin|Richard Harding Davis
“The stumble of the governor might be fortunate for more reasons than one,” thought Edward.Antony Waymouth|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for stumble
Word Origin for stumble
Word Origin and History for stumble
c.1300, "to trip or miss one's footing" (physically or morally), probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian stumla, Swedish stambla "to stumble"), probably from a variant of the Proto-Germanic base *stam-, source of Old English stamerian "to stammer," German stumm "dumb, silent." Possibly influenced in form by stumpen "to stumble," but the -b- may be purely euphonious. Meaning "to come (upon) by chance" is attested from 1550s. Stumbling-block first recorded 1526, used in Rom. xiv:13 to translate Greek skandalon.