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blunder

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verb blun·der \ˈblən-dər\

Simple Definition of blunder

  • : to move in an awkward or confused way

  • : to make a stupid or careless mistake

Full Definition of blunder

blun·deredblun·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move unsteadily or confusedly

  3. 2 :  to make a mistake through stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter stupidly, confusedly, or thoughtlessly

  6. 2 :  to make a stupid, careless, or thoughtless mistake in

blun·der·er play \-dər-ər\ noun
blun·der·ing·ly play \-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


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blunder

noun blun·der

Simple Definition of blunder

  • : a bad mistake made because of stupidity or carelessness

Full Definition of blunder

  1. :  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>



1693

First Known Use of blunder

1693

Synonym Discussion of blunder

error, mistake, blunder, slip, lapse mean a departure from what is true, right, or proper. error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this <procedural errors>. mistake implies misconception or inadvertence and usually expresses less criticism than error <dialed the wrong number by mistake>. blunder regularly imputes stupidity or ignorance as a cause and connotes some degree of blame <diplomatic blunders>. slip stresses inadvertence or accident and applies especially to trivial but embarrassing mistakes <a slip of the tongue>. lapse stresses forgetfulness, weakness, or inattention as a cause <a lapse in judgment>.


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