Stumble

Definition of Stumble

Stum´ble
v. i.1.To trip in walking or in moving in any way with the legs; to strike the foot so as to fall, or to endanger a fall; to stagger because of a false step.
[imp. & p. p. Stumbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stumbling .]
There stumble steeds strong and down go all.
- Chaucer.
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know at what they stumble.
- Prov. iv. 19.
2.To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.
He stumbled up the dark avenue.
- Sir W. Scott.
3.To fall into a crime or an error; to err.
4.To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; - with on, upon, or against.
v. t.1.To cause to stumble or trip.
2.Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall.
False and dazzling fires to stumble men.
- Milton.
n.1.A trip in walking or running.
2.A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
- L'Estrange.

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