Fum·ble v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fumbled p. pr. & vb. n. Fumbling ]
1. To feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or find something.
Adams now began to fumble in his pockets. --Fielding.
2. To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse.
My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles. --Chesterfield.
Alas! how he fumbles about the domains. --Wordsworth.
3. To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.
I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers. --Shak.
Fum·ble, v. t. To handle or manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together.
n : (sports) dropping the ball [syn: muff]
v 1: feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her
glasses in the darkness of the bedroom" [syn: grope]
2: make one's way clumsily or blindly; "He fumbled towards the
door" [syn: blunder]
3: handle clumsily
4: make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and
we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult
passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, botch
up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil,
muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks,
bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul
up, mess up, fuck up]
5: drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder; "fumble a