[ US /ˈfəmbəɫ/ ]
[ UK /fˈʌmbə‍l/ ]
  1. make one's way clumsily or blindly
    He fumbled towards the door
  2. drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder
    fumble a grounder
  3. feel about uncertainly or blindly
    She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom
  4. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
    the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement
    I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
  5. handle clumsily
  1. (sports) dropping the ball
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How To Use fumble In A Sentence

  • However, on first down our big fella fumbles the ball and it bounces right into the hands of one of the players on the other team.
  • Sunday was no exception as Bell was in the thick of Walter's four bobbles and was credited with a forced fumble.
  • But, at the same time, it is core to their appeal and not something they can fumble. Times, Sunday Times
  • She stared hard at the blonde, and fumbled for words, but was speechless.
  • The Super Bowl runner-up Pittsburgh Steelers were crushed by divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens in their opening game with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having a shaky start with three interceptions and two fumbles. Pressure already on teams off to surprisingly slow starts
  • He fumbled with the lock on the door to his apartment, looking forward to a stiff shot of single-malt Scotch before fixing dinner.
  • He twisted and groped one-handed behind the cantle of his saddle for his hunting-bow and quiver, found them and fumbled them loose.
  • Green, one of the top backs in the league, fumbled the ball seven times in the first nine games last year.
  • The baseball hitter fumbled his attempt to catch it.
  • I fumbled for the light switch in the pitch dark.
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