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 Meanings and Examples of STUMBLE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
stumble
 v.  miss a step and fall or nearly fall; walk unsteadily
Classic Sentence: (92 in 7 pages)
1  She must put her mother out of her mind now, else she would stumble stupidly like Gerald or sob monotonously like Wade.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
2  It had a careless look, as if it were meant for the uses of the public; so, entering, the first thing I did was to stumble over an ash-box in the porch.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 2. The Carpet-Bag.
3  To dress in the dark, and eat in the dark, and stumble in darkness to his pallet, this is his usual lot.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 97. The Lamp.
4  It was past in a moment, and I listened again, and heard the footstep stumble in coming on.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXXIX
5  Whether it was that she had heard his words, or that she did not want to hear them, she made a sort of stumble, twice struck out, and hurriedly skated away from him.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 1: Chapter 9
6  On little donkey, patiently stumble.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 10
7  Yes; and he do contrive to stumble upon her whenever she walks out on fine days with the chiel.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 6: 3 The Serious Discourse of Clym with His Cousin
8  I likewise broke my right shin against the shell of a snail, which I happened to stumble over, as I was walking alone and thinking on poor England.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 2: CHAPTER V.
9  I stumble on an idea once a fortnight if I am lucky.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Get Context   In Chapter 5
10  As he went further from the bench and the young girl, and while his back was turned to her, he fancied that she was gazing after him, and that made him stumble.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER IV—BEGINNING OF A GREAT MALADY
11  Half-way up the slope Mattie stumbled against some unseen obstruction and clutched his sleeve to steady herself.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In II
12  Once in the house, Scarlett stumbled up the stairs to her bedroom and, clutching her Rosary from the table, dropped to her knees and tried to pray.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
13  Hardly had he finished the first lines when two other voices, drunken voices, assailed him, enraged foolish voices that stumbled over words and blurred them together.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLV
14  At this realization it was as though chains fell away from her and with them the fear which had haunted her dreams since the night she stumbled to Tara to find the world ended.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LXII
15  Lily could remember when young Silverton had stumbled into their circle, with the air of a strayed Arcadian who has published charming sonnets in his college journal.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 3
Example Sentence:
1  I did the same thing except with a Bunker Buster, but the shock wave made me stumble and made me look like a clumsy loser.
2  They crowded together and didn't care to sob or stumble: the confusion was inextricable.
3  A stumble may prevent a fall.
4  He stumbled over Luke's prostrate body.
5  She caught her foot on the threshold and stumbled.
6  I stumbled across an extremely simple but very exact method for understanding where my money went.
7  We saw the huge pit gape before him; if he stumbled, he would fall in.
8  She nearly fell down by stumbling over my stretched leg.
9  Perhaps the major stumbling block to reunification is the military presence in South Korea.
10  A horse stumbles that has four legs.
11  It is a good horse that never stumbles; and a good wife that never grumbles.