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stumble

[ stuhm-buhl ]
/ ˈstʌm bəl /
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verb (used without object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
verb (used with object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
to cause to stumble; trip.
to give pause to; puzzle or perplex.
noun
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Origin of stumble

1275–1325; Middle English stumblen; cognate with Norwegian stumla to grope and stumble in the dark; akin to stammer

OTHER WORDS FROM stumble

stumbler, nounstum·bling·ly, adverbun·stum·bling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stumble

stumble
/ (ˈstʌmbəl) /

verb (intr)
noun
a false step, trip, or blunder
the act of stumbling

Derived forms of stumble

stumbler, nounstumbling, adjectivestumblingly, adverb

Word Origin for stumble

C14: related to Norwegian stumla, Danish dialect stumle; see stammer
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