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Meaning of stumble

stum•ble

Pronunciation: (stum'bul), [key]
— v., n. -bled, -bling,
—v.i.
  1. to strike the foot against something, as in walking or running, so as to stagger or fall; trip.
  2. to walk or go unsteadily: to stumble down a dark passage.
  3. to make a slip, mistake, or blunder, esp. a sinful one: to stumble over a question; to stumble and fall from grace.
  4. to proceed in a hesitating or blundering manner, as in action or speech (often fol. by along).
  5. to discover or meet with accidentally or unexpectedly (usually fol. by on, upon, or across): They stumbled on a little village.
  6. to falter or hesitate, as at an obstacle to progress or belief.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to stumble; trip.
  2. to give pause to; puzzle or perplex.
—n.
  1. the act of stumbling.
  2. a moral lapse or error.
  3. a slip or blunder.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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