Stum"ble (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stumbled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Stumbling (?).] [OE. stumblen, stomblen; freq. of a word akin to E. stammer. See Stammer.]


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.

There stumble steeds strong and down go all. Chaucer.

The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know at what they stumble. Prov. iv. 19.


To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.

He stumbled up the dark avenue. Sir W. Scott.


To fall into a crime or an error; to err.

He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion og stumbling in him. 1 John ii. 10.


To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or against.

Ovid stumbled, by some inadvertency, upon Livia in a bath. Dryden.

Forth as she waddled in the brake, A gray goose stumbled on a snake. C. Smart.


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Stum"ble, v. t.


To cause to stumble or trip.


Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall.

False and dazzling fires to stumble men. Milton.

One thing more stumbles me in the very foundation of this hypothesis. Locke.


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Stum"ble, n.


A trip in walking or running.


A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.

One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life. L'Estrange.


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