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

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 This bumbling, bungling, blundering media misadventure quite possibly changed the course of Magic history. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Worst day of Dwight Howard's life was also one of worst days in Orlando Magic history," 18 June 2018 In one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War, in 1983, US-Moscow tensions nearly led to the two rivals blundering into nuclear war. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 After a mix-up by their blundering fertility doctor, a couple is mistakenly impregnated with the wrong child. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New Pegasus PlayLab theater festival brings new works to UCF," 7 June 2018 Here’s the hardest thing to understand about the Rally Goose, the confused Canada goose that blundered into Comerica Park (and our hearts) during a rain delay in Wednesday’s Tigers-Angels game. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Advertising His resignation, which came days after his federal charges, blew open a window into City Hall’s flawed vetting and administrative blunders. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ex-police boss gets 10-month prison sentence for tax fraud," 29 Mar. 2019 Since The Voice first premiered in 2011, there have been plenty of uncomfortable moments and embarrassing blunders. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Are All Convinced This Contestant Looks Like Miranda Lambert," 16 Mar. 2019 Franco Armani is tipped to replace Willy Caballero for the Nigeria clash after the Chelsea goalkeeper's blunder against Croatia, with Sampaoli also expected to ditch his three-match defence and return to a traditional back four. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Mascherano: relationship with Sampaoli is 'completely normal'," 24 June 2018 Throughout the campaign and extending into the White House, Donald Trump has blown through a series of humiliating personal revelations and blunders that no political figure in the past could have weathered. Hugo Lindgren, Town & Country, "What Does a Person Have to Do to Become a Social Outcast, Anyway?," 3 May 2017 His blunder simply reduced it to a .15 percent chance. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Texas Tech shows Gonzaga that defense wins Final Four spots," 30 Mar. 2019 The agency has been under fire for a host of other scandals — including other payroll blunders — prompting additional investigations and criticism from lawmakers, some of whom have called for greater oversight of the agency. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police payroll head struggled with debt before alleged theft began," 23 Apr. 2018 The Makeup Bullet Finger Sponge (as originally reported by Refinery29) was created by makeup artist Eva Jay to avoid the all too common blunder of dropping your beauty sponge. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Marie Claire, "There's a Weird New Makeup Sponge in Town and It Promises Your Best Foundation Application Ever," 6 Feb. 2017 His latest blunder was caught on camera during the Blind Auditions and what followed was nothing short of hilarious. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Caught Blake Shelton Admitting a Major Blunder to Kelly Clarkson on Air," 9 Mar. 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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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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