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stum·ble

stumble

 
 
pronunciation:
stuhm bl
parts of speech:
verb, noun
part of speech: verb
inflections: stumbles, stumbling, stumbled
definition 1: to trip or lose one's balance in walking or running.
He stumbled on a rock and fell down.
synonyms:
trip
similar words:
fall, flounder, lurch, stagger, topple
definition 2: to speak or act without grace, or in a clumsy way.
He stumbled over his lines in the play because he was nervous.
synonyms:
blunder, falter
antonyms:
breeze
similar words:
hesitate, lurch, reel, stagger, totter
definition 3: to discover, reach, or come across by chance (usually followed by "across," "on," or "upon").
I stumbled upon a letter from my first boyfriend.
synonyms:
come across, happen on, run across
similar words:
bump into, chance, hit on, strike
 
part of speech: noun
definition: an act or instance of stumbling.
He took a stumble on the rocks.
similar words:
stagger
derivation: stumblingly (adv.)