\ 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 Small Business Advice has had the site for years, not just since Mnuchin flubbed the address. Philip Elliott, Time, "This Company’s Coronavirus Loan Struggle Reveals the Paycheck Protection Program’s Pitfalls," 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, "'The Voice': Kelly Clarkson has this slight advantage after the shocking Top 13 reveal," 13 Nov. 2019 Even vdev removal can't save you from a flubbed ashift setting! Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "ZFS 101—Understanding ZFS storage and performance," 8 May 2020 Fortunately for all, there were no name flubs this time around. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Adele Dazeem Lives On: Watch Josh Gad Mock John Travolta's Oscar Flub Before Idina Menzel's Performance," 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, "Review: The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Can't Deliver On All the Hype," 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, "Munoz wins Sanderson Farms in playoff for 1st PGA Tour title," 22 Sep. 2019 After allowing a double to lead off the inning, Morris flubbed the catch while covering first on a grounder, putting men at first and third. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Missing Detroit Tigers' Opening Day? Here are nine greats from the past," 26 Mar. 2020 Saldana, who reportedly flubbed her audition and flew across the country to plead with Davis for the part, is a scene stealer, and her performance as a Type-A, popular girl arguably set the stage for a future Rhimes creation: Scandal’s Olivia Pope. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Crossroads Hinted At Britney Spears’ Future Problems — But We Didn’t Listen," 10 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then the Town Council attempted to hold a digital public hearing on the annexation, but a Zoom meeting flub didn’t allow full public participation. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Town of Hideout looks to renew Summit County annexation effort," 27 Aug. 2020 Despite that flub, several foldable phones have made it to the market, including the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Microsoft's new phone is ... $1,400? Why?," 12 Aug. 2020 It’s not a mistake at this point, or a flub: it’s on purpose. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“Mr. President, What Are Your Priorities?” Is Not a Tough Question," 6 Aug. 2020 After a flawless performance, Blake made a small (and hilarious) flub that may or may not have had something to do with his aforementioned day of drinking. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's Fireside Duet Will Melt Your Heart," 6 Apr. 2020 Both the apparent flub and the substantive proposals in his speech were completely overshadowed by Attorney General William Barr’s congressional testimony and Trump’s own comments that day. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "'Sleepy' Joe Biden's judo campaign," 30 July 2020 Although Biden has a reputation for making flubs on the campaign trail, President Trump, his rival for the White House, isn't immune to making mistakes. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden confuses D-Day date with Pearl Harbor attack," 27 May 2020 This isn’t Gilead’s only recent trial flub or delay in the past few years. Washington Post, "Gilead’s Liver-Drug Setback Jeopardizes $35 Billion Dream," 12 Feb. 2019 Sheary flubs shot Conor Sheary scored less than a minute after Helm did in the first period, and had a chance to provide the Sabres a lead early in the second period on another scoring chance. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings welcome back Anthony Mantha, but still lose to Sabres, 3-2," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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“Flub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flub. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flub

US, informal : to fail to do (something) correctly

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