verb (used without object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
verb (used with object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
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Origin of stumble
OTHER WORDS FROM stumblestum·bler, nounstum·bling·ly, adverbun·stum·bling, adjective
Words nearby stumble
British Dictionary definitions for stumble across
Derived forms of stumblestumbler, nounstumbling, adjectivestumblingly, adverb
Word Origin for stumble
Idioms and Phrases with stumble across
Also, stumble on. Find by chance, discover or meet with unexpectedly. For example, When we were hiking up the mountain we stumbled across a few abandoned shepherd's huts, or At the flea market Alfred stumbled on a quite valuable old lithograph. This idiom uses stumble in the sense of “accidentally trip.” [Mid-1500s]