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stumble (v.)

c. 1300, "to trip or miss one's footing" (physically or morally), probably from a Scandinavian source (compare dialectal Norwegian stumla, Swedish stambla "to stumble"), probably from a variant of the Proto-Germanic base *stam-, source of Old English stamerian "to stammer," German stumm, Dutch stom "dumb, silent." Possibly influenced in form by stumpen "to stumble," but the -b- may be purely euphonious. Meaning "to come (upon) by chance" is attested from 1550s. Related: Stumbled; stumbling. Stumbling-block first recorded 1526 (Tindale), used in Romans xiv.13, where usually it translates Greek skandalon.

stumble (n.)

1540s, "act of stumbling," from stumble (v.). Meaning "a failure, false step" is from 1640s.

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Definitions of stumble from WordNet
1
stumble (v.)
walk unsteadily;
The drunk man stumbled about
Synonyms: falter / bumble
stumble (v.)
miss a step and fall or nearly fall;
She stumbled over the tree root
Synonyms: trip
stumble (v.)
encounter by chance;
I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant
Synonyms: hit
stumble (v.)
make an error;
Synonyms: slip up / trip up
2
stumble (n.)
an unsteady uneven gait;
Synonyms: lurch / stagger
stumble (n.)
an unintentional but embarrassing blunder;
Synonyms: trip / trip-up / misstep
From wordnet.princeton.edu