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English definition of “stumble”

stumble

verb [I]  /ˈstʌm·bəl/ us  

stumble verb [I] (FALL)

to hit your foot against something while walking and almost fall, or to walk awkwardly as if you might fall: She stumbled over a toy. He stumbled around in the dark.

stumble verb [I] (MAKE A MISTAKE)

to make a mistake, or to pause unexpectedly when speaking: He stumbled through several early career choices. Several times the reader stumbled over lines in the poem.
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