fumble vs muff what difference

what is difference between fumble and muff

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



English

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /mʌf/
  • Rhymes: -ʌf

Etymology 1

Probably from Dutch mof (muff, mitten).

Noun

muff (plural muffs)

  1. (historical) A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm.
    • Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody’s exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. (vulgar, slang) Female pubic hair; female genitals (vulva, vagina), like muffin. See Thesaurus:vagina.
  3. (by extension) A woman or girl.
  4. (glassblowing) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
  5. The feathers sticking out from both sides of the face under the beak of some birds.
  6. A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object such as a pipe.
Synonyms
  • whiskers, beard, muff and beard (bird feathers):
Related terms
  • muff-diver
  • muff-diving
  • muff pistol
Translations

References

  • “muff, n.1.”, in OED Online ⁠, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  • “muff”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Etymology 2

Origin unknown; perhaps a specialised use of Etymology 1, above; or perhonaps related to Dutch muffen (to dote) and German muffen (to sulk).

Noun

muff (plural muffs)

  1. (colloquial) A fool, a stupid or poor-spirited person. [from 19th c.]
    • 1860, William Makepeace Thackeray, Lovel the Widower
      Can you fancy that such an old creature (an old muff, as you call him, you wicked, satirical man!) could ever make en impression on my heart?
  2. (slang, chiefly sports) An error, a mistake; a failure to hold a ball when once in the hands. [from 19th c.]
  3. A bird, the whitethroat.
Translations

Verb

muff (third-person singular simple present muffs, present participle muffing, simple past and past participle muffed)

  1. (sports) To drop or mishandle (the ball, a catch etc.); to play badly. [from 19th c.]
  2. To mishandle; to bungle. [from 1920s]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 69:
      Here was the superlative opportunity to make a generous and lasting settlement from a position of strength; but the pieds noirs, like the Israelis, and from not altogether dissimilar motives, were to muff it.
Translations

Etymology 3

Shortening.

Noun

muff (plural muffs)

  1. (slang) A muffin.

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [mʊf]

Verb

muff

  1. singular imperative of muffen
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of muffen

Hungarian

Etymology

From German Muff, from Dutch mof (“muff”), from Middle Dutch moffel, from Middle French moufle (“mitten”), from Medieval Latin muffula (“fur-lined glove”), of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈmufː]
  • Hyphenation: muff
  • Rhymes: -ufː

Noun

muff (plural muffok)

  1. (archaic) muff (handwarmer)
  2. (slang) vagina
  3. (slang) woman

Declension

Further reading

  • muff in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

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