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Fumbled Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fumble \Fum"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fumbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Fumbling.] [Akin to D. fommelen to crumple, fumble, Sw. fumla to fusuble, famla to grope, Dan. famle to grope, fumble, Icel. falme, AS. folm palm of the hand. See Feel, and cf. Fanble, Palm.]
  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. --Dryden. 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.
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    • Jones typifies Raiders' misplays
      Oakland Raiders' James Jones fumbled the ball twice on the same play, the second one recovered by D.J. Swearinger at the Houston 3-yard line to negate a Raiders scoring opportunity. Read more on this news related to 'Fumbled'

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