（笨拙地）摸索或处理（某事物）( fumble的现在分词 ); 乱摸，笨拙地弄; 使落下
Peter drove jerkily, cornering too fast and fumbling the gears.
Fumbling, he ran her card through the machine.
His critics say his fumbling of the issue of reform has eroded his authority.
Fumbling in his mind for something to say.
His maladroit fumbling had been honed to a streamlined accuracy.
While I'm fumbling for an answer he says: I'll show you.
If you fumble for something or fumble with something, you try and reach for it or hold it in a clumsy way.
She crept from the bed and fumbled for her dressing gown...
He fumbled with the buttons at the neck...
He fumbled his one-handed attempt to light his cigarette.
When you are trying to say something, if you fumble for the right words, you speak in a clumsy and unclear way.
I fumbled for something to say...
He fumbled his lines, not knowing what he was going to say.
1. showing lack of skill or aptitude;
- " "a bungling workman" "
- " "did a clumsy job" "
- " "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf" "