bobble vs fumble what difference

what is difference between bobble and fumble

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɒbəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɒbəl
  • Homophone: bauble (in accents with the cot-caught merger)

Noun

bobble (plural bobbles)

  1. A furry ball attached on top of a hat.
  2. (Britain) Elasticated band used for securing hair (for instance in a ponytail), a hair tie
  3. (informal) A pill (a ball formed on the surface of the fabric, as on laundered clothes).
  4. (knitting) A localized set of stitches forming a raised bump.
    • 2008, Claire Compton, Sue Whiting, The Knitting and Crochet Bible (page 45)
      From the top the sample shows four stitch popcorns, five stitch bobbles, two rows of bells and a central leaf with leaves sloping to the left and right each side.
  5. A wobbling motion.

Derived terms

  • bobble hat
  • bobblehead
  • bobbly
  • head bobble

Translations

Verb

bobble (third-person singular simple present bobbles, present participle bobbling, simple past and past participle bobbled)

  1. (intransitive) To bob up and down.
  2. (US) To make a mistake in.
  3. (intransitive) To roll slowly.
    • November 17 2012, BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham [1]
      A neat interchange between Mikel Arteta and Wilshere set up Podolski and his finish bobbled into the net via Gallas.

Derived terms

  • bobbler

Translations



English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfʌmbəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl

Etymology 1

Late Middle English, from Low German fommeln or Dutch fommelen.

Or, perhaps from a Scandinavian/North Germanic source; compare Old Norse fálma, Swedish fumla, Danish fumle, German fummeln.

The ultimate origin for either could perhaps be imitative of fumbling. Or, from Proto-Indo-European *pal- (to shake, swing), see also Latin palpo (I pat, touch softly), and possibly Proto-West Germanic *fōlijan (to feel).

Verb

fumble (third-person singular simple present fumbles, present participle fumbling, simple past and past participle fumbled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To handle nervously or awkwardly.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
    • 1742, Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews
      Adams now began to fumble in his pockets.}}
  3. (intransitive) To blunder uncertainly.
  4. To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly.
  5. (transitive, intransitive, sports) To drop a ball or a baton etc. by accident.
  6. To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.

Synonyms

  • (grope awkwardly): grubble, poke; see also Thesaurus:feel around
Translations

Noun

fumble (plural fumbles)

  1. (sports, American football, Canadian football) A ball etc. that has been dropped by accident.
Translations

Etymology 2

Blend of fool +‎ crumble.

Noun

fumble (plural fumbles)

  1. (Britain) A dessert similar to a cross between a fool and a crumble.

Further reading

  • fumble on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References


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