Fumble

Definition of Fumble

Fum´ble
v. i.1.To feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or find something.
[imp. & p. p. Fumbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fumbling .]
Adams now began to fumble in his pockets.
- Fielding.
2.To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse.
My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles.
- Chesterfield.
Alas! how he fumbles about the domains.
- Wordsworth.
3.To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.
I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To handle or manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together.

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