fumble

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
fumble

Third-person singular
fumbles

Past tense
fumbled

Past participle
fumbled

Present participle
fumbling

  1. (transitive & intransitive) To touch something nervously.
    Waiting for the interview, he fumbled with his tie.
    He fumbled the key into the lock.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) To feel around awkwardly while trying to find something.
    He fumbled for his keys.
    He fumbled his way to the light-switch.
  3. (intransitive) To blunder uncertainly.
    He fumbled through his prepared speech.
  4. (transitive & intransitive); (sports) To drop a ball or a baton etc.
    The player fumbled the ball.

Noun[change]

Singular
fumble

Plural
fumbles

  1. (sports) A ball that has been dropped.
    He's not playing well today. He's already had three fumbles.