Definition of stumbling in English:



  • 1Tripping or losing balance while walking; moving with difficulty.

    ‘they began their stumbling walk home’
    ‘I took a stumbling step backwards’
    • ‘He tripped, managed a few more stumbling strides, and then collapsed onto the dirt road.’
    • ‘With one hand stretched out to steady him, he began a stumbling march toward the door.’
    • ‘I had eight pairs of eyes glued to my every stumbling action.’
    • ‘The barrister heard stumbling footsteps coming up the stairs.’
    • ‘She mutters something and takes a few stumbling paces back into the crowd.’
    1. 1.1 Making repeated mistakes, especially in speech.
      ‘his uncertain and stumbling choice of words’
      ‘Mike's stumbling pursuit of success’
      • ‘It's a sharp, witty comedy about the stumbling speeches made by best men at weddings and all the struggle the writers may have to compose them.’
      • ‘It was a few stumbling sentences—the poorest possible effort on an occasion when he should have produced the finest speech of his life.’
      • ‘The speaker resigned after his stumbling response to the scandal.’
      • ‘After the stumbling progress of the last four years, we need a firm hand and a solid commitment that a safe, major company would bring.’
      • ‘My stumbling version of the riff impressed him.’