fumble Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “fumble” in the English Dictionary

"fumble" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈfʌm.bl̩/

fumble verb (DO STH AWKWARDLY)

[I usually + adv/prep] to do something ​awkwardly, ​especially when using ​yourhands: I fumbled with the ​lock. He fumbled in his ​pockets for some ​change. She fumbled around/about in her ​handbag, ​looking for her ​key. They fumbled around/about (= ​movedawkwardly) in the ​dark, ​trying to ​findtheir way out of the ​cinema.

fumble verb (SPORT)

[I,T] in ​sport, to ​fail to ​catch a ​ball: If Wilson hadn't fumbled that catch, we might have ​won the ​match.

fumble verb (THINK OF A WORD)

[I usually + adv/prep] to have ​difficulty saying or ​thinking of ​suitable words: I was fumbling for the ​right word.
(Definition of fumble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fumble" in American English

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fumbleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈfʌm·bəl/
to ​feel around ​awkwardly, esp. with ​yourhands: [I] Jack fumbled in his ​pocket for the ​keys. [I] My ​mind went ​blank, and I ​began to fumble for words. In some ​sports, esp. ​football, if you fumble the ​ball you ​fail to ​hold it after ​touching or ​carrying it.
(Definition of fumble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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