fumble - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlefumbling
past tensefumbled
past participlefumbled
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to try to hold, move, or find something using your hands in a way that is not skilful or graceful
    fumble for:

    She fumbled for her keys in her bag.

    fumble with:

    Robert began to fumble with his buttons.

    fumble around/about:

    He fumbled around in the dark looking for some matches.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to drop a ball
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something in a way that is not skilful or effective
    fumble for words:

    He stood there, fumbling for words.