\ˈfləb \
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

However, actors William Shatner (Kirk) and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) both flubbed the non-kiss takes so that the director (who was concerned about possible backlash) would be forced to use the real McCoy. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "50 years ago, Star Trek’s history was sealed with the Uhura-Kirk kiss," 22 Nov. 2018 First, Fergie flubbed over Andrew's four names Andrew Albert Christian Edward. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Sarah Ferguson Winked at Prince Andrew During Their Royal Wedding," 17 Aug. 2018 This wasn’t the first time YouTube TV flubbed a major sporting event. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "YouTube TV offers subscribers a free week after World Cup outage," 13 July 2018 In her rendition of the National Anthem, Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics, reports PopEater.com. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "Packers Win Super Bowl XLV, Christina Aguilera Flubs National Anthem," 7 Feb. 2011 Rocking a Jonas Brothers teeshirt, a little bit of Uncle Jessie shines through when Stamos flubs a line, shrugs and smiles at the camera. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "New dad John Stamos reunites with the Beach Boys for emotional Capitol Fourth concert," 4 July 2018 But experts say Trump is getting ahead of himself and is exaggerating or flubbing sensitive details. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "President Trump’s exaggerated claims about the North Korea deal," 2 July 2018 Isner took that set on his third chance, when Anderson flubbed a forehand. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 Only two stoppage-time goals saved the Selecão, giving them a 2-0 victory on a day filled with the kind of missed passes and flubbed open shots familiar to so many teams, but not the five-time world champions. Matthew Futterman And Victor Mather, New York Times, "Brazil Gets Its First Win, a Triumph of Grit More Than Style," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The flub was tied to human error, according to the comptroller’s office. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Comptroller Admits Error on Housing Report," 26 Sep. 2018 But he’s had media flubs and faced questions over past arrests for marijuana use and a DUI, and his past failures to pay child support. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Live results for Wisconsin governor, Senate, and House primary elections," 14 Aug. 2018 But a spate of recent flubs have marred the efforts of both candidates, with some voters saying the outreach reads as pandering, and only reminds them of how their votes are taken for granted. New York Times, "Black Voters Have More Leverage in This Governor’s Race. They Mean to Use It.," 13 June 2018 Jimmy Kimmel will return as host and hopefully new envelope rules will prevent a repeat of last year’s flub. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Tuesday," 23 Jan. 2018 Luckily, the flub didn't cost him anything — he and his partner still won the trip to, ahem, Italy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Might Be the Worst "Wheel of Fortune" Flub of All Time," 22 Mar. 2017 Even after a flub by center back Carlyle Mitchell conceded an own goal in the 28th minute, Indy confidently continued pressing. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Motivated Indy Eleven fall short in 2nd game of homestand," 4 July 2018 Fewer flubs There are clear incentives to a long-term strategy for both the firms and the investors. Laura Cooper, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firms Rethink Their Short-Term Focus," 19 June 2018 But the internet was still furious over the sartorial flub. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Melania Trump Wears Horrifically Tone-Deaf Jacket While Traveling to Meet Immigrant Children," 21 June 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


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of flub

: to fail to do (something) correctly

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