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stumble - Dictionary definition and meaning for word stumble

(noun) an unsteady uneven gait
Synonyms : lurch , stagger

(noun) an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
Synonyms : misstep , trip , trip-up
Example Sentence
  • he recited the whole poem without a single trip
  • he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later
  • confusion caused his unfortunate misstep

(verb) walk unsteadily
Synonyms : bumble , falter
Example Sentence
  • The drunk man stumbled about

(verb) miss a step and fall or nearly fall
Synonyms : trip
Example Sentence
  • She stumbled over the tree root

(verb) encounter by chance
Synonyms : hit
Example Sentence
  • I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant

(verb) make an error
Synonyms : slip up , trip up
Example Sentence
  • She slipped up and revealed the name

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for stumble

stumble:- making a stair fumble(missing a step)
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by irony

(Think of STABLE): After drinking, his walk was not STABLE, so missed a step and fell.
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by talkychamp

STep on a ball(BLE) and fall.
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by shadip

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