AskDefine | Define stumble

Dictionary Definition



1 an unsteady uneven gait [syn: lurch, stagger]
2 an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep" [syn: trip, trip-up, misstep]


1 walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about" [syn: falter, bumble]
2 miss a step and fall or nearly fall; "She stumbled over the tree root" [syn: trip]
3 encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant" [syn: hit]
4 make an error; "She slipped up and revealed the name" [syn: slip up, trip up]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a fall or trip
  2. an error or blunder


a fall or trip
an error or blunder


  1. to trip or fall
    He stumbled over a rock.
  2. to make a mistake or have trouble
    I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.
  3. to find by accident; to happen upon (especially with across or upon)
    I went to the store and stumbled across an old friend.


to trip or fall
to make a mistake or have trouble
to find by accident; to happen upon

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Extensive Definition

Stumble is Prakash Belawadi's debut film. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English in 2003. It depicts the new economy, the dotcom bust, stock market scams, mutual funds, and voluntary retirement.
The production team intended Stumble to be a film for the middle-class. Ananth Nag and Suhasini are in the lead rôles, alongside Priya Ganapati and Allen Mandonca. Belawadi found his cast through the theatre world of Bangalore, and was wholly filmed there . Jesu Domnic and Shyam Nanjundaiah were Editors for this movie. One of the editors Shyam Nanjundaiah also played a small part in the film, appearing alongside Ananth Nag for a brief scene.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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