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English noun: stumble

1. stumble (act) an unsteady uneven gait

Synonymslurch, stagger

Broader (hypernym)gait

2. stumble (act) an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

SamplesHe recited the whole poem without a single trip.
He arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later.
Confusion caused his unfortunate misstep.

Synonymsmisstep, trip, trip-up

Broader (hypernym)bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall

English verb: stumble

1. stumble (motion) walk unsteadily

SamplesThe drunk man stumbled about.

Synonymsbumble, falter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)walk

2. stumble (motion) miss a step and fall or nearly fall

SamplesShe stumbled over the tree root.

ExamplesSam and Sue stumble


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)founder


3. stumble (possession) encounter by chance

SamplesI stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)come by, come into

4. stumble (cognition) make an error

SamplesShe slipped up and revealed the name.

Synonymsslip up, trip up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)err, mistake, slip

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