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verb fumble pronunciation in American English /ˈfʌmb(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefumbling
past tensefumbled
past participlefumbled

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to try to hold, move, or find something using your hands in a way that is not skillful or graceful
    fumble for:

    She fumbled for her keys in her purse.

    fumble with:

    Robert began to fumble with his buttons.

    fumble around:

    He fumbled around in the dark looking for some matches.

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

    He stood there, fumbling for words.



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