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blunder

verb blun·der \ ˈblən-dər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of blunder

blundered; blundering play \ˈblən-d(ə-)riŋ\
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

blunderer

play \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of blunder in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of blunder

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


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blunder

noun

Definition of blunder

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

Examples of blunder in a Sentence

  1. The accident was the result of a series of blunders.

  2. fixed a minor blunder in the advertising flyer

Recent Examples of blunder from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of blunder

noun derivative of 1blunder

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

BLUNDER Defined for English Language Learners

blunder

verb

Definition of blunder for English Language Learners

  • : to move in an awkward or confused way

  • : to make a stupid or careless mistake


blunder

noun

Definition of blunder for English Language Learners

  • : a bad mistake made because of stupidity or carelessness


BLUNDER Defined for Kids

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blunder

verb blun·der \ ˈblən-dər \

Definition of blunder for Students

blundered; blundering
1 :to move in a clumsy way
2 :to make a mistake

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blunder

noun

Definition of blunder for Students

:a bad or stupid mistake


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