error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this.
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.
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
Examples of blunder in a Sentence
We blundered along through the woods until we finally found the trail.
Another skier blundered into his path.
The government blundered by not acting sooner. Noun
The accident was the result of a series of blunders.
fixed a minor blunder in the advertising flyer
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But even in those sequences, who looks worse, the blundering imperialist power that was forced to ditch billions in equipment as part of an ignominious exit or the new junta that took a few months to learn how to use that equipment?—Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 Lured by the prospect of a relatively easy win, China could blunder into a much larger war, one that might go nuclear.—Joel Wuthnow, Foreign Affairs, 24 Mar. 2023 Update: Bovine blunder: Punch no bull, but female calf; will be raised to be someone’s pet for life, sanctuary says
Punchy arrived in a testy mood after an excitable day in urban America, said Chuck Lipscomb, a Mounted Unit officer.—John H. Tucker, cleveland, 14 July 2023 To angle it just out of the reach of our blundering hands?—Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 Sandoval’s blundering attempt at rebranding as a lover mired in an irresistibly amorous, inevitably tragic liaison ultimately tested the limitations of his acting abilities.—Vulture, 8 June 2023 Three years later in September 2006, a Canadian force riding in wheeled light armored vehicles blundered into a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.—David Axe, Forbes, 6 May 2023 Regime change appeared to be the goal of Russia’s invasion, but its forces were thwarted in their blundering attempt to sack the capital.—John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2023 While Russian forces blundered, Wagner scored some modest but highly publicized wins, earning the group a spotlight on national television and Prigozhin a boost in influence.—Mary Ilyushina, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2023
No more special teams blunders and dumb, lazy penalties.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 The careless penalties don’t include the blunder that led to Indiana State’s only points of the night.—Zion Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Sep. 2023 The case has encountered a series of blunders since charges were announced in late January.—Gene Maddaus, Variety, 9 Aug. 2023 The harshness of the pushback depends on the gravity of the blunder, how poorly or soundly the company manages the crisis, and how undecided consumers lean.—Richard Torrenzano, Fortune, 7 Aug. 2023 That blunder happened a week after Meyers’s lateral found a wide-open Chandler Jones for the winning touchdown … the problem being, of course, that Jones plays for the Las Vegas Raiders.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2023 Tigers right-hander Casey Mize (Tommy John surgery) to face live hitters 'pretty soon'
In the fourth inning, after the Guardians' blunder on defense, Javier Báez ripped a single in his return from the bereavement list.—Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2023 Hence the fixation on Simpson’s blunders, as well as all the burping, farting, and foul smells that punctuate the show.—Time, 18 Aug. 2023 The government has blamed previous anthem blunders on Google’s algorithm; the protest song’s Wikipedia page is the top result in a search for Hong Kong’s national anthem.—Rachel Cheung, Fortune, 20 July 2023 See More
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Middle English blundren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse blunda to shut one's eyes, doze, Norwegian dialect blundra