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flubbed; flubbing

transitive verb

: to make a mess of : botch
flubbed my lines


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: an act or instance of flubbing : blunder

Example Sentences

Verb The ball went right to him but he flubbed the catch. The actress flubbed several lines. Noun when she was told her information was wrong, she apologized for the flub and immediately corrected it
Recent Examples on the Web
Guyton did not appear to drop or flub a word, another propositional bet that was offered. Andrew Dalton, ajc, 14 Feb. 2022 Both teams’ performances go down smoothly, with only Coco really seeming to flub her verse. Shaad D'souza, Vulture, 15 May 2021 President Biden appeared to flub Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's title and Pentagon office during a ceremony at the White House honoring two female military aviators for promotion to four-star commands. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 8 Mar. 2021 Small Business Advice has had the site for years, not just since Mnuchin flubbed the address. Philip Elliott, Time, 13 May 2020 Here's what happened: Last night on 'The Voice':The Top 20 blow the coaches away despite malfunction, flubbed lyrics Viewers' Saves The two artists from each coach’s team who received the most viewer votes automatically advanced to the Top 13. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2019 Even vdev removal can't save you from a flubbed ashift setting! Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 8 May 2020 Fortunately for all, there were no name flubs this time around. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, 10 Feb. 2020 The issue persisted in different camera modes, including portrait mode, which would either capture an entire scene in focus or flub the simulated depth of field by including elements of the background. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 4 Mar. 2020
The flub purportedly stemmed from a Crypto.com employee entering Manivel’s account number, rather than the refund amount, in a payment field. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2022 This is no accident, no editing or filmmaking flub. Erik Kain, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 If all does not go as planned in the initial shoot, there is often the possibility of re-taping to get the information right or recover from a flub. Merilee Kern, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2022 In a verbal flub that seemed almost fitting to how the candidates ran, Mr. Trump accidentally conjoined the names of two rivals over the weekend. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Mega Millions soon apologized for the error, and some prize payments were paused because of the flub. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Bryant isn't the only contestant to recently trend for a frustrating flub. Rachel Schonberger, EW.com, 16 Mar. 2022 Unfortunately, this isn't the only flub that's occurred on the popular game show in recent weeks. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 17 Mar. 2022 Then her overconfident flub turned into one of the biggest bloopers of the Games. Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1904, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flub was in 1900

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“Flub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flub. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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