stumble

To stumble means to nearly fall by tripping or missing a step. When you walk over uneven cobblestones, it’s easy to stumble, so please be careful.

While stumble often means to nearly fall, it can also mean to make a misstep of a different kind. If you stumble over your words, you speak in a stuttering confused manner. Politicians make so many public decisions that they're bound to stumble — make a mistake — occasionally. When you stumble on rare mushrooms, i.e. come across them unexpectedly, be sure have the species verified before you eat them.

DEFINITIONS OF: stumble

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v miss a step and fall or nearly fall

“She stumbled over the tree root”
Synonyms:
trip
Types:
founder
stumble and nearly fall
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v walk unsteadily

“The drunk man stumbled about”
Synonyms:
bumble, falter
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v make an error

Synonyms:
slip up, trip up
Type of:
err, mistake, slip
to make a mistake or be incorrect

v encounter by chance

“I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant”
Synonyms:
hit
Type of:
come by, come into
obtain, especially accidentally

n an unsteady uneven gait

Synonyms:
lurch, stagger
Type of:
gait
a person's manner of walking

n an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

Synonyms:
misstep, trip, trip-up
Type of:
bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall
an embarrassing mistake
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