Fumbled vs Muddled - What's the difference?

fumbled | muddled |

As verbs the difference between fumbled and muddled

is that fumbled is (fumble) while muddled is (muddle).

As an adjective muddled is

confused, disorganised, in disarray.




  • (fumble)

  • fumble



  • (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.


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



    (en adjective)
  • Confused, disorganised, in disarray.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=June 4 , author=Phil McNulty , title=England 2 - 2 Switzerland , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The selection of James Milner ahead of Young was the product of muddled thinking and the absence of Peter Crouch - with 22 goals in 42 England appearances - from even the substitutes' bench was also a surprise.}}


  • (muddle)