Pronunciation: (fum'bul), [key]
—v., -bled, -bling,
1. to feel or grope about clumsily: She fumbled in her purse for the keys.
2. Sports.to fumble the ball.
1. to make, handle, etc., clumsily or inefficiently: to fumble an attempt; He fumbled his way through the crowded room.
2. Sports.to fail to hold or maintain hold on (a ball) after having touched it or carried it.
1. the act of fumbling: We completed the difficult experiment without a fumble.
2. Sports.an act or instance of fumbling the ball.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.