\ ˈfləb How to pronounce flub (audio) \
flubbed; flubbing

Definition of flub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a mess of : botch flubbed my lines



Definition of flub (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of flubbing : blunder

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Examples of flub in a Sentence


The ball went right to him but he flubbed the catch. The actress flubbed several lines.


when she was told her information was wrong, she apologized for the flub and immediately corrected it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sanders flubbed one of his regular talking points — that three people have more wealth than the bottom half of the nation. NBC News, "Fact check: Do 3 people own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent of America?," 31 July 2019 Reed flubbed his next attempt, leaving the ball in the rough. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Patrick Reed on his club-snapping outburst: ‘I got my anger out’," 15 June 2019 Washington totally flubbed that one during the health-care debate. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Welcome to the Machine," 26 July 2019 Los Angeles filmmaker Tom Colbert, who was working on a documentary about Rackstraw and has sued the FBI for records of the case, contends the bureau flubbed its 48-year investigation. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "D.B. Cooper or not? A man who was portrayed as the infamous skyjacker dies in San Diego," 11 July 2019 The animated blooper reels at the end of Pixar’s early films show the characters as actors making the movie, and feature them flubbing lines, bursting out laughing or in candid off-camera moments. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘Toy Story 2’: See the suggestive scene that’s been deleted," 3 July 2019 The animated blooper reels at the end of Pixar's early films show the characters as actors making the movie, and feature them flubbing lines, bursting out laughing or in candid off-camera moments. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Disney cuts 'Toy Story 2' casting couch scene," 3 July 2019 Kufrin sent Amabile and six other guys home on the premiere after Amabile flubbed his introduction. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "'The Bachelorette' star Becca Kufrin visits Chicago, reunites with eliminated contestant," 3 June 2018 During one performance at the famed Goodman Theatre, Joe flubbed his lines and the audience waited awkwardly for the scene to recover. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'Criminal Minds' Star Joe Mantegna and His Wife Arlene Have the Sweetest Love Story," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Devers got more serious about his pre-game defensive work after that flub in Chicago, working with coaches Carlos Febles and Ramon Vazquez on his timing on grounders, when to charge, and when to take a step back. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Selected or not, Rafael Devers is a star for Red Sox," 6 July 2019 What caused an apparent major flub in the negotiation process could be a fundamental mismatch in the negotiation tactics and strategies of the two national governments. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "The U.S. May Have Snubbed a Critical Dealmaker in China Trade Talks," 17 June 2019 But these flubs are soon forgotten amid the narrative verve. Stephen Phillips | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Deep River’ runs through Finnish American experience in the Pacific Northwest," 30 June 2019 Samsung famously had a high-profile flub with its nearly $2,000 Galaxy Fold. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "Why it's so hard to make a foldable smartphone," 26 June 2019 Roberts’s flub echoed Wolf’s blunder in misinterpreting a key term from Victorian England. Karin Wulf, Twin Cities, "Karin Wulf: What Naomi Wolf and Cokie Roberts teach us about the need for historians," 13 June 2019 But like many scientific flubs, the failure revealed a solution to a completely different problem. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "An Advance in Bioengineering Could Pave the Way for Tomorrow’s Superplants," 12 Mar. 2019 Along with her fair share of flubs, the comedian mispronounced the producers' names for Call Me by Your Name and that of The Post producer, Kristie Macosko Krieger. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: 'Three Billboards,' Daniel Kaluuya Names Flubbed During Nominations Announcement," 23 Jan. 2018 In preparation for the evening, NBC released a trailer featuring Oh and Samberg talking about the elephant in the room, as well as a compilation of fails and flubs from shows throughout the years. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Watch the Golden Globes 2019 Online," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of flub


1904, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flub


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English Language Learners Definition of flub

US, informal : to fail to do (something) correctly

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