\ 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

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 President Donald Trump exaggerated perils at the border, flubbed food stamp numbers and the length of wars and told partial truths on drug prices in his State of the Union speech. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s speech exaggerates border peril," 6 Feb. 2019 Another veteran, Mirai Nagasu, flubbed her big jump, but still was rewarded for her efforts. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Bradie Tennell highlights unpredictable U.S. figure skating championships short program," 4 Jan. 2018 Those who routinely slept six hours a night or less flubbed more questions based on spatial rotation or grammatical reasoning and left more tasks incomplete than those who got a full night’s rest. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "When It Comes to Sleep, One Size Fits All," 25 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But this particular flub is telling about progressive frustration over the double standard on military versus non-military spending, and also the fraught state of play regarding the push for a Medicare-for-all program. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The $21 trillion Pentagon accounting error that can’t pay for Medicare-for-all, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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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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