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FUM'BLE, verb intransitive

1. To feel or grope about; to attempt awkwardly.

2. To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse.

3. To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.

I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers.

FUM'BLE, verb transitive To manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together.