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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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 The military has recently blundered in cyberspace, including an issue where troops with fitness apps unwittingly broadcast location data at secret bases worldwide. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Soldiers with top-secret clearances say they were forced to use an app that could endanger them," 12 Nov. 2019 The military has recently blundered in cyberspace, including an issue where troops with fitness apps unwittingly broadcast location data at secret bases worldwide. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Soldiers with top-secret clearances say they were forced to use an app that could endanger them," 12 Nov. 2019 At the halfway point, the season is in ruins, reduced to rubble by their blundering offense. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Bears’ ineptitude has a prideful group angry and searching for answers as the 2019 season spirals away," 3 Nov. 2019 Fletcher loaded the bases in the sixth on an infield single when Voit hesitated at first base on a slow roller, and Ottavino (6-5) blundered two batters later. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ottavino botches throw, Yankees miss chance to clinch," 18 Sep. 2019 The Post blundered, as the authors of the study on which Sanders based his claim point out. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Medical bankruptcy is an American scandal — and that’s not debatable," 4 Sep. 2019 Like Trump before him, Biden just might blunder his way into the general election in spite of himself. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Do Joe Biden’s Gaffes Still Matter in the Age of Trump?," 13 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With a week to go before an election, Britain’s political parties tried to limit last-minute blunders. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Dec. 2019 Defensive blunders and poor finishing were to blame for the 2-0 loss to Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Schalke’s efficiency led to a 3-1 result in the Bundesliga on Saturday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Previously unbeaten Leipzig smarting after 2 losses at home," 3 Oct. 2019 His foreign policy record is chequered, to say the least, and his opponents can point to a litany of gaffes, blunders and outright offensive language. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Boris Johnson faces daunting challenges from Brexit to Iran," 23 July 2019 There's a wellspring of light-up vanity mirror options on the market that can help you avoid the aforementioned beauty blunder, and the best part is that most of them are available on Amazon. Allure, "The Best Vanity Mirrors With Lights You Can Get From Amazon," 11 June 2019 Experts say the problem came down to a combination of blunders: several by the Copenhagen physicists, and one by LIGO. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Confirmed! Scientists Did See Gravitational Waves (Probably)," 16 Dec. 2018 But police had made a huge blunder, raiding the wrong house, the suit alleged. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago police raided home in search of suspect, but he had been in prison for years, lawsuit alleges," 5 Nov. 2019 Trump’s decision to withdraw from northern Syria drew global condemnation, left Kurdish fighters feeling betrayed, and raised the possibility that the president had made a strategic blunder that would open a volatile new chapter in the war. BostonGlobe.com, "The Russians were patrolling near the strategically important city of Manbij, vacated by the Americans and Syrian Kurds and now occupied by Syrian government troops. The statement also said Russian troops were coordinating “with the Turkish side.”," 16 Oct. 2019 Ermm, what? Such a humongous blunder shouldn't come about very often. SI.com, "National Anthem Antics: 6 Times Stadiums Got it Totally Wrong in International Fixtures," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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24 Nov 2019

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“Blunder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blundered. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for blunder

blunder

verb
How to pronounce blunder (audio)

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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