Tumbled vs Fumbled - What's the difference?

tumbled | fumbled |


As verbs the difference between tumbled and fumbled

is that tumbled is (tumble) while fumbled is (fumble).

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tumbled

English

Verb

(head)
  • (tumble)

  • tumble

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fall.
  • I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
  • An act of sexual intercourse.
  • * John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
  • Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
  • * 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
  • When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.

    Derived terms

    * rough and tumble * take a tumble * tumble dryer * tumbler * give a tumble

    Verb

    (tumbl)
  • (lb) To fall end over end.
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
  • *
  • *:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
  • To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
  • :(Rowe)
  • To roll over and over.
  • *1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
  • *:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
  • (lb) To have sexual intercourse.
  • (lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
  • To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
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  • Derived terms

    * tumble to

    fumbled

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (fumble)

  • fumble

    English

    Verb

    (fumbl)
  • (intransitive) To idly touch or nervously handle
  • Waiting for the interview, he fumbled with his tie.
    He fumbled the key into the lock.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 28 , author=Owen Phillips , title=Sunderland 0 - 2 Blackpool , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Henderson's best strike on goal saw goalkeeper Kingson uncomfortably fumble his measured shot around the post.}}
  • (intransitive) To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
  • He fumbled for his keys.
    He fumbled his way to the light-switch.
  • * Fielding
  • Adams now began to fumble in his pockets.
  • To blunder uncertainly.
  • He fumbled through his prepared speech.
  • To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly.
  • to fumble for an excuse
  • * Chesterfield
  • My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles .
  • * Wordsworth
  • Alas! how he fumbles about the domains.
  • (transitive, intransitive, sports) To drop a ball or a baton etc.
  • To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (sports) A ball etc. that has been dropped