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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


Synonymstrip


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


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)founder


Entailwalk

3. stumble (possession) encounter by chance


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


Synonymshit


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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