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"Fumbling" is a form of "fumble", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "hurgar". "Stumbling" is a form of "stumble", a noun which is often translated as "el tropezón". Learn more about the difference between "fumbling" and "stumbling" below.
fumble(
fuhm
-
buhl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to rummage)
a. hurgar
He fumbled in his jacket pocket and produced a key.Hurgó en el bolsillo de su saco y extrajo una llave.
2. (to search clumsily; used with "for")
a. buscar a tientas
I put my hand out in the dark, fumbling for the matches.Extendí la mano en la oscuridad, buscando a tientas los fósforos.
3. (to use one's hands clumsily)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He fumbles with the remote control. The buttons are too small.No puede manejar bien el control remoto. Los botones son demasiado pequeños.
She was fumbling with her seat belt, and couldn't get it to fasten.Trataba torpemente de abrocharse el cinturón y no conseguía hacerlo.
4. (to express oneself clumsily)
a. titubear
When asked to explain himself, the schoolboy fumbled helplessly for words.Cuando se le pidió una explicación, el niño titubeó, tratando en vano de encontrarla.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (sports)
a. dejar caer
Smith fumbled the ball before throwing home.Smith dejó caer la bola antes de lanzar al home.
b. escaparse
Richards fumbled a pass, allowing Hellmann a shot at goal.A Richards se le escapó un pase, lo que permitió a Hellmann tirar al arco.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (sports)
a. el fumble
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(US football)
Castellanos recovered a fumble to make a touchdown.Castellanos recuperó un fumble para anotar un touchdown.
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stumble(
stuhm
-
buhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (act of stumbling)
a. el tropezón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Despite suffering a few stumbles early in his career, the actor ended up winning an Oscar.A pesar de haber tenido varios tropezones al principio de su carrera, el actor terminó ganando un Óscar.
The judges will knock points off for that stumble as she came off the balance beam.Los jueces le van a descontar puntos por ese tropezón al bajar de la barra de equilibrio.
b. el traspié
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It was just a stumble. I didn't fall or hurt myself.Fue un traspié nada más. No llegué a caer ni me lastimé.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to trip against something)
a. tropezar
She stumbled over a tussock of grass and twisted her ankle.Tropezó con una mata de hierba y se torció el tobillo.
b. dar un traspié
He stumbled as he got out of the taxi, and nearly fell.Dio un traspié al bajar del taxi, y casi se cae.
3. (to walk unsteadily)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I stumbled out of bed and just got to the phone in time.Salí de la cama a tropezones y llegué al teléfono justo a tiempo.
We stumbled home, as we were both too drunk to drive.Volvimos a casa a trompicones porque los dos estábamos demasiado borrachos para manejar.
4. (when speaking)
a. atrancarse
She stumbled over the word "heterogeneous", but the rest of her speech was fine.Se atrancó con la palabra "heterogeneous", pero el resto del discurso salió bien.
b. trastabillar
Nerves made him stumble, but the prompter helped him out.Los nervios lo hicieron trastabillar, pero el apuntador lo ayudó.
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