verb (used without object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
verb (used with object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
Origin of stumble
Examples from the Web for stumbled
He stumbled a bit in his reelection bid, but the minority leader won Tuesday and then took control of the Senate.
I told them when I stumbled up on that beach in a little while to never forget that WE did this.
NBC stumbled onto a monster of a television show when it gave the green light to Friends in 1994.
In the morning I stumbled down the staircase and choked down a chunky breakfast smoothie.
The day after the assault, ISAF announced that forces had stumbled upon the dead women after a firefight with insurgents.Obama's Pentagon Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan, Says Amnesty International|Nico Hines, Sami Yousafzai|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He stumbled going out and lost his balance so that the door crashed to behind him, violently.Then I'll Come Back to You|Larry Evans
Confused and feeling guilty, he stumbled over to it and answered the call in a cracked, sleepy voice.Beginners Luck|Emily Hahn
I went in first, and stumbled down a couple of steps, nearly falling on my face.Manco, the Peruvian Chief|W.H.G. Kingston
The needlewoman was delighted that she stumbled more than usual.The Grandee|Armando Palacio Valds
He stumbled to the sail; but his fingers were all thumbs, and he could not untie the halyard.Down The River|Oliver Optic
Word Origin 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.