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English definition of “stumble”

stumble

verb uk   /ˈstʌm.bl̩/ us  

stumble verb (WALK)

C2 [I] to step awkwardly while walking or running and fall or begin to fall: Running along the beach, she stumbled on a log and fell on the sand. In the final straight Meyers stumbled, and although he didn't fall it was enough to lose him first place.Falling and droppingMoving downwardsMoving unsteadily or with difficulty [I usually + adv/prep] to walk in a way that does not seem controlled: We could hear her stumbling about/around the bedroom in the dark. He pulled on his clothes and stumbled into the kitchen.Moving unsteadily or with difficulty

stumble verb (PAUSE)

C2 [I] to make a mistake, such as repeating something or pausing for too long, while speaking or playing a piece of music: When the poet stumbled over a line in the middle of a poem, someone in the audience corrected him.Ways of speakingMaking mistakes
(Definition of stumble from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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