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1. fumble, muff

(sports) dropping the ball


2. fumble, grope

feel about uncertainly or blindly

Example Sentences:
'She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom'

3. blunder, fumble

make one's way clumsily or blindly

Example Sentences:
'He fumbled towards the door'

4. fumble

handle clumsily

5. ball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil

make a mess of, destroy or ruin

Example Sentences:
'I botched the dinner and we had to eat out'
'the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement'

6. fumble

drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder

Example Sentences:
'fumble a grounder'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of fumble
1. (intr; often foll by for or with)
to grope about clumsily or blindly, esp in searching
he was fumbling in the dark for the money he had dropped
2. (intr; foll by at or with)
to finger or play with, esp in an absent-minded way
to say or do hesitantly or awkwardly
he fumbled the introduction badly
to fail to catch or grasp (a ball, etc) cleanly
the act of fumbling

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see synonyms of fumble
verb intransitive, verb transitiveWord forms: ˈfumbled or ˈfumbling
to search (for a thing) by feeling about awkwardly with the hands; grope clumsily
to handle (a thing) clumsily or unskillfully; bungle
to lose one's grasp on (a football, etc.) while trying to catch or hold it
to make (one's way) clumsily or by groping
the act or fact of fumbling
a football, etc. that has been fumbled

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of fumble
v. fum·bled, fum·bling, fum·bles
1. To touch or handle nervously or idly: fumble with a necktie.
2. To grope awkwardly to find or to accomplish something: fumble for a key.
3. To proceed awkwardly and uncertainly; blunder: fumble through a speech.
a. Football To drop a ball that is in play.
b. Baseball To mishandle a ground ball.
1. To touch or handle clumsily or idly: "fumbled the skeleton key into the lock and turned it" (Bentley Dadmun).
2. To make a mess of; bungle. See Synonyms at botch.
3. To feel or make (one's way) awkwardly.
a. Football To drop (a ball) while in play.
b. Baseball To mishandle (a ground ball).
1. The act or an instance of fumbling.
2. Sports A ball that has been fumbled.

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