verb (used without object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
verb (used with object), stum·bled, stum·bling.
Origin of stumble
Examples from the Web for stumbling
The CDA was passed not in the name of censorship but in the name of protecting children from stumbling across sexual material.
In the edited conversation below, Earley, 53, talks of Ernest Hemingway, technical challenges, and stumbling toward the light.
Slayman eased the young man—Matt, from Pennsylvania—out of the car and got him on his stumbling way.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos|Steve Miller|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I carried the puppy up the hill, stumbling under the weight.
Decadent, venal, ineffective, stratified, anxiety-ridden, stumbling from one declared crisis to the next—who wants that?
Stumbling hastily to his feet he confronted Dr. Miles Elliot.The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams
The noise increased, and at last seemed as if somebody was stumbling in his way in the dark.The Comical Adventures of Twm Shon Catty|T. J. Llewelyn Prichard
It is conceivable that a speaker may be effective in spite of stumbling—but never because of it.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
They were all running as fast as possible, slipping and stumbling across the stones.Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
Woe unto the world, said our blessed Lord, because of occasions of stumbling!The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles|Alfred Plummer
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.