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Definition 1: (sports) dropping the ball - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for fumble in the sense of this definition

(fumble is a kind of ...) an embarrassing mistake

(fumble belongs to category ...) a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

(fumble belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 2: drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder - [verb of competition]

Samples where fumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fumble a grounder

(fumble is a kind of ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(fumble belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 3: feel about uncertainly or blindly - [verb of contact]

Samples where fumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom

Synonyms for fumble in the sense of this definition

(fumble is a kind of ...) try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

"The police are searching for clues" "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"

Definition 4: handle clumsily - [verb of contact]

(fumble is a kind of ...) touch, lift, or hold with the hands

"Don't handle the merchandise"

Definition 5: make one's way clumsily or blindly - [verb of motion]

Samples where fumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He fumbled towards the door

Synonyms for fumble in the sense of this definition

(fumble is a kind of ...) go across or through

"We passed the point where the police car had parked" "A terrible thought went through his mind"

Samples where fumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I botched the dinner and we had to eat out
  • the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement

Synonyms for fumble in the sense of this definition

(fumble is a kind of ...) be unsuccessful

"Where do today's public schools fail?" "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"

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