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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

Examples of flub in a Sentence

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
These features are already part of TurboTax, but Direct File will not push you to an AI chatbot that flubs basic questions. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2024 In between, Biden flubbed a few prepared lines and stumbled a bit during ad-libs. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 Those kicks continued a remarkable season for Butker, who didn’t miss an extra point and flubbed only two field goals all season. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 On one play in the third, Brandon Miller flubbed an easy fast break, throwing an errant hit-ahead pass through the baseline. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 24 Feb. 2024 After one joke flubbed, Koy, who was named host after some bigger names reportedly passed, also noted how fast he was thrust into the job. Jake Coyle, Fortune, 8 Jan. 2024 Gay, the school’s first Black president—and, for some critics, an avatar of the identity-politics bureaucracy on college campuses—had just flubbed testimony before Congress about anti-Semitism on campus. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 4 Jan. 2024 Despite the cheesy plots, unknown actors and flubbed lines — not to mention all the real-life drama that has surrounded the popularity of Chinese apps like TikTok, Shein and Temu — Americans are flocking to the service. Lyric Li, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 After one joke flubbed, Mr. Koy, who was named host after some bigger names reportedly passed, also noted how fast he was thrust into the job. Jake Coyle, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Jan. 2024
Pacino’s flub is similar to that of Elizabeth Taylor’s, who was tasked with announcing the best motion picture — drama category at the 2001 Golden Globes, which went to Gladiator. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 The Tony Award winner, whose name was infamously mangled by John Travolta during the 2014 Oscars telecast, is laughing at the infamous flub a decade later. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 Madonna has been accused of ableism after ‘politically incorrect’ flub about a fan in wheelchair. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 There are numerous photos of the pair together dating back to the 1990s (which makes the flub all the more puzzling), and the Sherlock Holmes actor congratulated the Rum Diary star after the conclusion of his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard in 2021. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 11 Mar. 2024 Madonna wheelchair incident follows AIDS tribute segment flub featuring Luther Vandross That wasn't the only flub made by Madonna during The Celebration Tour. Jay Stahl, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Gemini’s apparent bias is the latest flub by Alphabet during the AI arms race, in which rival Microsoft appears to be in pole position. Derek Saul, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Following the live Super Bowl LVIII broadcast, the complete halftime show was uploaded to the NFL's YouTube channel, and Keys' performance has seemingly been edited to omit the vocal flub. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 At the same time, Trump will be splitting his campaign schedule with court appearances, and Biden’s advisers seem to think that fewer outings mean fewer opportunities for falls, flubs, and gaffes. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 25 Jan. 2024

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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 14 Apr. 2024.

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flubbed; flubbing
flub noun
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