\ 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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Munoz lost two good scoring opportunities with a drive well right of the fairway on the 14th, and then flubbing a lob shot left of the 15th green that went into the bunker, leading to bogey. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the capsule survived the mission, and crews on the ground managed to gather a significant amount of data, the flub set the company’s timeline back significantly. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 The career flub even led to love in her personal life. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Hubbub over Walmart's flub and Hawley's response led to thousands of comments and a #BoycottWalmart trending hashtag. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 30 Dec. 2020 Republican senators like Mitt Romney accepted that Biden's comments were a flub -- but the mistake gave opposing GOP members the opportunity to paint Biden's comments as deceptive. Aj Willingham, CNN, 28 June 2021 Marc-Andre Fleury was so upbeat, the Vegas goalie laughed off a question about his costly late-game flub. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 Marc-Andre Fleury was so upbeat, the Vegas goalie laughed off a question about his costly late-game flub. John Wawrow, ajc, 19 June 2021 In the case of this very public flub, a little homework could've gone a long way. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 28 May 2021 Neither Donovan nor McGuire were the frontrunner in this race before the housing flub. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 11 May 2021

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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


origin unknown

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“Flub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flub. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flub

: to fail to do (something) correctly : botch


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