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fumble


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fumble  \Fum"ble\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fumbled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Fumbling}.]  [Akin  to  D.  fommelen  to  crumple,  fumble,  Sw 
  fumla  to  fusuble,  famla  to  grope,  Dan.  famle  to  grope, 
  fumble,  Icel.  falme,  AS  folm  palm  of  the  hand.  See  {Feel}, 
  and  cf  {Fanble},  {Palm}.] 
  1.  To  feel  or  grope  about  to  make  awkward  attempts  to  do  or 
  find  something 
 
  Adams  now  began  to  fumble  in  his  pockets. 
  --Fielding. 
 
  2.  To  grope  about  in  perplexity;  to  seek  awkwardly;  as  to 
  fumble  for  an  excuse.  --Dryden. 
 
  My  understanding  flutters  and  my  memory  fumbles. 
  --Chesterfield. 
 
  Alas!  how  he  fumbles  about  the  domains. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  3.  To  handle  much  to  play  childishly;  to  turn  over  and  over 
 
  I  saw  him  fumble  with  the  sheets,  and  play  with 
  flowers.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fumble  \Fum"ble\,  v.  t. 
  To  handle  or  manage  awkwardly;  to  crowd  or  tumble  together. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fumble 
  n  :  dropping  the  ball  (in  baseball  or  football)  [syn:  {muff}] 
  v  1:  feel  about  uncertainly  or  blindly;  "She  groped  for  her 
  glasses  in  the  darkness  of  the  bedroom"  [syn:  {grope}] 
  2:  make  one's  way  clumsily;  "His  steps  fumbled" 
  3:  handle  clumsily 
  4:  make  a  mess  of  destroy  or  ruin  [syn:  {botch},  {botch  up},  {muff}, 
  {blow},  {flub},  {screw  up},  {ball  up},  {blunder},  {spoil}, 
  {muck  up},  {bungle},  {fluff},  {bollix},  {bollix  up},  {bollocks}, 
  {bollocks  up},  {bobble},  {mishandle},  {louse  up},  {foul 
  up},  {mess  up},  {fuck  up}] 
  5:  drop  or  juggle  or  fail  to  play  cleanly  a  grounder  in 
  baseball:  "fumble  a  grounder" 




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