blunder

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

Together, the trends cast a harsh light on safety procedures and blundering responses to some incidents involving tourists, even in cases where the victims seem to have died from natural causes. New York Times, "Crisis Hits Dominican Republic Over Deaths of U.S. Tourists," 23 June 2019 But without democracy, a succession of Hong Kong governments have blundered into political crises by underestimating or ignoring the public’s concerns — and each time, Beijing gets some of the blame. Keith Bradsher, BostonGlobe.com, "How Hong Kong’s leader makes the biggest political retreat by China under Xi," 15 June 2019 But without democracy, a succession of Hong Kong governments have blundered into political crises by underestimating or ignoring the public’s concerns — and each time, Beijing gets some of the blame. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi," 15 June 2019 When not blundering on solutions, American leadership continues to ignore the crisis. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Over the Last Decade, Wages Have Stayed the Same While the Cost of College Has Skyrocketed," 11 June 2019 But that feature could save you from blundering into a speed trap. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the New Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Is the Most Futuristic (Gas-Powered) Car on the Road," 21 Dec. 2018 Many thought the program had been unfairly seized upon as a distraction by conservative opponents of gun control, who preferred to focus on blundering by the district and the sheriff’s office. David Fleshler, Washington Post, "Parents in Parkland, Fla., want more transparency from school officials," 13 May 2018 Mr Grayling’s loyalty to the prime minister and to the Brexit cause mean he may be allowed to blunder on. The Economist, "British railways are reduced to chaos by a botched timetable change," 7 June 2018 The unboxing is meant to increase suspense, but the nonstop blundering only provides unease. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Please Face It: Instagram Story ‘Unboxing’ Does Not Work," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her background became the subject of one of Hunt’s most embarrassing blunders in public office. Washington Post, "Hunt pledges to put ‘heart & soul’ into Tory race," 21 June 2019 The Warriors need to pray that Toronto’s end-of-game blunders were their true colors showing through. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7," 12 June 2019 As American strategy floundered, the operators served a useful cultural purpose: highlighting tactical victories and individual courage, made doubly and tragically heroic by politicians’ and strategists’ blunders. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 Unsurprisingly, Timothée stans are pretty pissed about this blunder—so much so that many of our legion have decided to boycott the Oscars altogether. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet," 25 Jan. 2019 Argyle scored one run in each of the first three innings, including two on fielding blunders by outfielders. Alex Miller, ExpressNews.com, "La Vernia run-ruled by Argyle in 4A state semifinal," 5 June 2019 Kimmel also mentioned last year’s blunder by telling winners to wait a few extra moments in case any envelope mishaps took place. Jake Kring-schreifels, Esquire, "The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Moments of the 2018 Oscars," 5 Mar. 2018 Two Ronaldo Goals Give Portugal the Lead Cristiano Ronaldo scores early — a fourth-minute penalty — and late — on a 44th-minute blunder by Spain’s goalkeeper — and Portugal leads the Iberian Derby in Sochi, 2-1 at the break. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Spain and Portugal Play a Draw for the Ages, Starring a Player for All Time," 3 Mar. 2018 The Falcons, who blew a 28-3 lead in last season's Super Bowl, had their first score set up by a special teams blunder by the Rams that allowed Atlanta to almost completely flip the field. USA TODAY, "Rams schooled by Falcons in return to playoffs," 6 Jan. 2018

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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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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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