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Definition of Stumble


  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.
  2. To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.
  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.
  5. To cause to stumble or trip.
  6. Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall.
  7. A trip in walking or running.
  8. A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.

Stumble Quotations

We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
Joseph Campbell

Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.
John Locke

I used to think that nails-down-a-chalkboard was the worst sound in the world. Then I moved on to people-eating-cereal-on-the-phone. But only this week did I stumble across the rightful winner: it's the sound of a baggage carousel coming to a grinding halt, having reunited every passenger on your flight with their luggage, except for you.
Sloane Crosley

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.
William Arthur Ward
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Stumble Translations

stumble in Dutch is struikelen
stumble in German is stolpern, stolpern, stolpere
stumble in Italian is incespicare
stumble in Norwegian is snuble
stumble in Spanish is tropiezo, topetar
stumble in Swedish is snubbla, snava, stappla
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