stumble

[ stuhm-buh l ]
/ ˈstʌm bəl /

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


Nearby words

  1. stuka,
  2. stukkend,
  3. stull,
  4. stultify,
  5. stum,
  6. stumble across,
  7. stumblebum,
  8. stumbling block,
  9. stumer,
  10. stump

Origin of stumble

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

Related formsstum·bler, nounstum·bling·ly, adverbun·stum·bling, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for stumbled

stumble

/ (ˈstʌmbəl) /

verb (intr)

noun

a false step, trip, or blunder
the act of stumbling
Derived Formsstumbler, nounstumbling, adjectivestumblingly, adverb

Word Origin for stumble

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

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Word Origin and History for stumbled

stumble

v.

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.

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