\ 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

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 Patrick Reed flubbed a chip at the right of the 18th green and snapped his wedge over his thigh. Eddie Pells, The Denver Post, "Woodland sets himself up for the weekend at U.S. Open," 15 June 2019 Lederman also expects Buttigieg to blame Trump for increasing tensions with Iran and flubbing the increasing threat posed by China. NBC News, "Trump, Biden battle for the spotlight in Iowa," 11 June 2019 Pence then hit a groundball toward first that Matt Olson fielded, but Anderson flubbed the catch. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Big night for Marcus Semien in A’s 5-3 win at Texas," 7 June 2019 That’s succeeded by a black-and-white sequence with Alec Baldwin as a fictional midcentury hatemonger, Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard, undone by the camera and continually flubbing his vile lines—a witty actor playing a bad actor who is also a bad actor. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘BlacKkKlansman’ Review: Running on Fury," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Just like most awards shows, there were a few notable flubs, failed jokes, and/or just ... really, really weird moments. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "7 Super Awkward Moments From the 2018 Emmys You Definitely Missed," 18 Sep. 2018 More: Jimmy Kimmel on that Oscars flub, hot tubs and an Oprah candidacy Who is nominated? Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "When are the Oscars 2018, everything to know before this year's Academy Awards," 28 Feb. 2018

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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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