|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language|
1 also fumble around [intransitive and transitive]
to try to hold, move, or find something with your hands in an awkward way
She dressed, her cold fingers fumbling with the buttons.
I fumbled around in my bag for a cigarette.
She reached round to fumble the light on.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
if you fumble with your words when you are speaking, you have difficulty saying something
Asked for an explanation, Mike had fumbled for words.
The second candidate fumbled her lines.
3 [intransitive and transitive]DS
to drop a ball after catching it:
Quarterback Rattay was hit and fumbled the ball.
—fumble noun [countable]
—fumbling noun [countable]