blunder


1blun·der

verb \ˈblən-dər\

: to move in an awkward or confused way

: to make a stupid or careless mistake

blun·dered blun·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of BLUNDER

intransitive verb
1
:  to move unsteadily or confusedly
2
:  to make a mistake through stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness
transitive verb
1
:  to utter stupidly, confusedly, or thoughtlessly
2
:  to make a stupid, careless, or thoughtless mistake in
blun·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun
blun·der·ing·ly \-d(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of BLUNDER

  1. We blundered along through the woods until we finally found the trail.
  2. Another skier blundered into his path.
  3. The government blundered by not acting sooner.

Origin of BLUNDER

Middle English blundren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse blunda to shut one's eyes, doze, Norwegian dialect blundra
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BLUNDER

2blunder

noun

: a bad mistake made because of stupidity or carelessness

Full Definition of BLUNDER

:  a gross error or mistake resulting usually from stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness

Examples of BLUNDER

  1. The accident was the result of a series of blunders.
  2. <fixed a minor blunder in the advertising flyer>

First Known Use of BLUNDER

1693

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