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1 stumble

An unsteady uneven gait.

synonyms: lurch, stagger.

Roget 732: failure; nonsuccess, nonfulfillment; dead failure, successlessness; abortion, miscarriage; brutum fulmen etc. 158 [Lat.]; labor in vain etc. (inutility) 645; ... show more

Roget 306: descent, descension, declension, declination; fall; falling etc. v.; slump; drop, plunge, plummet, cadence; subsidence, ... show more

Dutch: wankel
Polish: zataczanie siÄ™

2 stumble

An unintentional but embarrassing blunder.

synonyms: misstep, trip, trip-up.

Roget 495: error, fallacy; misconception, misapprehension, misstanding, misunderstanding; inexactness etc. adj.; laxity; misconstruction etc. (misinterpretation) 523; ... show more

Dutch: misstap


1 stumble

Walk unsteadily:
— The drunk man stumbled about.

synonyms: bumble, falter.

Roget 315: be agitated &c.; shake; tremble, tremble like an aspen leaf; quiver, quaver, quake, shiver, twitter, twire, writhe, toss, shuffle, ... show more

Dutch: stommelen

2 stumble

Miss a step and fall or nearly fall:
— She stumbled over the tree root.

synonym: trip.

Roget 699: be unskillful etc. adj.; not see an inch beyond one's nose; blunder, bungle, boggle, fumble, botch, bitch, flounder, stumble, trip; hobble ... show more

Roget 495: be erroneous etc. adj.. cause error; mislead, misguide; lead astray, lead into error; beguile, misinform etc. (misteach) 538; delude; ... show more

Roget 306: descend; go down, drop down, come down; fall, gravitate, drop, slip, slide, rappel, settle; plunge, plummet, ... show more

Roget 732: fail; be unsuccessful etc. adj.; not succeed etc. 731; make vain efforts etc. n.; do in vain, labor in vain, toil in vain; flunk [U.S.]; ... show more

3 stumble

Encounter by chance:
— I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant.

synonym: hit.

4 stumble

Make an error.

synonyms: slip up, trip up.

Dutch: struikelen, uitglijden

Moby thesaurus: bad job, balk, barge, be all thumbs, bevue, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, bobble, boggle, bonehead play, boner, boo-boo, botch, breakdown, bumble, bump, bump into ... show more.

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