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stumbleverb [I]

 us   /ˈstʌm·bəl/
  • stumble verb [I] (FALL)

to ​hityourfoot against something while ​walking and ​almostfall, or to ​walkawkwardly 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 ​careerchoices. Several ​times the ​reader stumbled over ​lines in the ​poem.
(Definition of stumble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"stumble" in British English

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stumbleverb

uk   us   /ˈstʌm.bl̩/
  • stumble verb (WALK)

C2 [I] to ​stepawkwardly 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 ​finalstraight Meyers stumbled, and ​although he didn't ​fall it was enough to ​lose him first ​place. [I usually + adv/prep] to ​walk in a way that does not ​seemcontrolled: We could ​hear her stumbling about/around the ​bedroom in the ​dark. He ​pulled on his ​clothes and stumbled into the ​kitchen.
  • 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 ​audiencecorrected him.
(Definition of stumble from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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