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fumble (v.)

mid-15c., "handle clumsily," possibly from Old Norse falma "to fumble, grope." Similar words in Scandinavian and North Sea Germanic (Swedish fumla; Dutch fommelen) suggest onomatopoeia from a sound felt to indicate clumsiness (compare bumble, stumble, and obsolete English famble, fimble of roughly the same meaning). Intransitive sense "do or seek awkwardly" is from 1530s. Sense in football is from 1889. Related: Fumbled; fumbling.

fumble (n.)

1640s, from fumble (v.).

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Definitions of fumble
1
fumble (v.)
feel about uncertainly or blindly;
Synonyms: grope
fumble (v.)
make one's way clumsily or blindly;
He fumbled towards the door
Synonyms: blunder
fumble (v.)
handle clumsily;
fumble (v.)
make a mess of, destroy or ruin;
Synonyms: botch / bodge / bumble / botch up / muff / blow / flub / screw up / ball up / spoil / muck up / bungle / fluff / bollix / bollix up / bollocks / bollocks up / bobble / mishandle / louse up / foul up / mess up / fuck up
fumble (v.)
drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder;
fumble a grounder
2
fumble (n.)
(sports) dropping the ball;
Synonyms: muff
From wordnet.princeton.edu