fumble meaning, fumble definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( fumbles    3rd person present)   ( fumbling    present participle)   ( fumbled    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you fumblefor something or fumblewith something, you try and reach for it or hold it in a clumsy way.  
She crept from the bed and fumbled for her dressing gown...      V for/with/in n  
2       verb   When you are trying to say something, if you fumble for the right words, you speak in a clumsy and unclear way.  
I fumbled for something to say...      V for n  
He fumbled his lines, not knowing what he was going to say.      V n, Also V  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    bumble, feel around, flounder, grope, paw     (informal)   scrabble  
2    bodge     (informal)   botch, bungle, cock up     (Brit. slang)   fuck up     (offensive taboo slang)   make a hash of     (informal)   make a nonsense of, mess up, misfield, mishandle, mismanage, muff, spoil  

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fume, fable, fulsome, futile

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