blunder

verb
blun·​der | \ ˈblən-dər How to pronounce blunder (audio) \
blundered; blundering\ ˈblən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blunder (audio) \

Definition of blunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move unsteadily or confusedly In their exhaustion they often blundered against each other …— Norman Mailer
2 : to make a mistake through stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness blundered by not acting sooner

transitive verb

1 : to utter stupidly, confusedly, or thoughtlessly blundered an apology
2 : to make a stupid, careless, or thoughtless mistake in blundering matters through ignorance …— Rafael Sabatini

blunder

noun

Definition of blunder (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from blunder

Verb

blunderer \ ˈblən-​dər-​ər How to pronounce blunder (audio) \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of blunder in a Sentence

Verb 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But what dollar hawks didn't calculate was that the U.S. would jump out to such a huge lead in vaccinating Americans, while its biggest trading partners in Asia and the eurozone would blunder along. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 5 May 2021 The soil is full of pathogenic fungi just waiting for a nice juicy fire ant to blunder into them. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 21 Nov. 2020 The only points for Leach and Mississippi State during the 24-2 loss to Kentucky came on a Wildcats special teams blunder that resulted in a safety. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, 13 Oct. 2020 Ant death spirals break only when enough workers accidentally blunder away, creating trails that lead the spiraling workers to safety. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2020 Yearling black bears blunder over the asphalt in search of their own territories. Ben Goldfarb, The Atlantic, 6 July 2020 Some pointed to other calls Goldman strategists blundered in the past, while others said Wall Street banks were too slow to catch onto the trend. Vildana Hajric, Bloomberg.com, 27 May 2020 Performing slightly effeminate blundering outrage — not playing gay, exactly, but not not gay either — Lynde set a pattern. James Hibberd, EW.com, 19 May 2020 Every day is a new fragment of an endless blundering present, and tomorrow will be both different and the same. David Roth, The New Republic, 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s another classic franchise-building blunder, spending your entire first movie or first season setting up the status quo that fans came to see. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Gary Sánchez made a base-running blunder as the Yankees tried to rally in the eighth, jogging to second and getting thrown out. Dave Hogg, courant.com, 30 May 2021 Gary Sánchez made a baserunning blunder as the Yankees tried to rally in the eighth, jogging to second and getting thrown out. BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2021 The cryptographic blunder didn’t affect Linux operating systems. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, 24 May 2021 The blunder was the latest embarrassment for state Senate President Karen Fann and the Republicans who sought the audit, which is being overseen by a company called Cyber Ninjas. Eric Bradner, CNN, 18 May 2021 Yet another blunder by Kepa Arrizabalaga gifted Liverpool a second. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 20 Sep. 2020 The 2011 media rights deal proved to be a blunder because of its length. oregonlive, 13 May 2021 That wasn't the only blunder made during the ceremony. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of blunder

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blunder

Verb

Middle English blundren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse blunda to shut one's eyes, doze, Norwegian dialect blundra

Noun

noun derivative of blunder entry 1

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The first known use of blunder was in the 14th century

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14 May 2021

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“Blunder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blunder. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for blunder

blunder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move in an awkward or confused way
: to make a stupid or careless mistake

blunder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bad mistake made because of stupidity or carelessness

blunder

verb
blun·​der | \ ˈblən-dər How to pronounce blunder (audio) \
blundered; blundering

Kids Definition of blunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move in a clumsy way
2 : to make a mistake

blunder

noun

Kids Definition of blunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bad or stupid mistake

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