\ 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 Under the bills, people would be able to bet on both the traditional outcome of games and do live betting on things such as whether a baseball pitch will be a ball or a strike or whether a field goal in a football game will be good or flubbed. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Sports betting, internet gaming and gambling approved by House, but face Gov. Whitmer veto," 30 Oct. 2019 The ad, which ran in March 1960, misstated the number of times King was arrested and flubbed the description of how the police were deployed to contain civil rights protestors. Wired, "Zuckerberg’s Warped History Lesson and the Age of Incoherence," 18 Oct. 2019 Politicians sometimes exaggerate, flub the numbers, or even lie intentionally to deceive the public. John York, National Review, "Hey Democrats, ‘Disinformation’ Can Sort Itself Out," 8 Oct. 2019 The Huskers went 1-5 in one-score games last season and flubbed their chance Saturday to notch a big-time road win. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 2, including Jim Harbaugh’s embarrassing day and Wisconsin’s sizzle. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 9 Sep. 2019 After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2. Howard Fendrich, baltimoresun.com, "Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for fourth US Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophy," 9 Sep. 2019 After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2. Howard Fendrich, baltimoresun.com, "Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for fourth US Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophy," 9 Sep. 2019 Moments before Crawford’s homer, the Giants caught a break when shortstop Paul DeJong flubbed a play with two outs. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants outslug Cards 9-8, Jaylin Davis debuts on wild night in St. Louis," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent presidential history is pocked with examples of male candidates flubbing the task of debating beside a woman. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Klobuchar Reminds the Men Onstage: Women Know Something About Abortion, Too," 26 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biden’s Twitter account posted shortly after the flub, clearing up how exactly people could help support the campaign. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Someone explain to Joe Biden the difference between a website and a text message short code," 1 Aug. 2019 The couple responded by posting a meme addressing the age flub. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Troll Fans Who Dragged Her for Forgetting His Age," 3 Sep. 2019 The Takeaway: Of course, even without the flub, just watching the video of the speech demonstrated that, although President Trump may have literally said something approaching the right thing, his heart was seemingly not in it. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Trump Named the Wrong City for Ohio's Mass Shooting," 11 Aug. 2019 Short fields, turnovers and flubs in the fundamentals equal a soupy mix for a forgettable night for any high school football team. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Sam Rayburn opens 22-6A action with 66-0 loss to Humble," 13 Sep. 2019 Facebook's privacy flubs have earned the company plenty of bad press but relatively little in the way of financial penalties. CBS News, "Facebook rolls out tool to limit off-Facebook data gathering," 21 Aug. 2019 So one flub led to a field day with people more technologically savvy than Joe Biden. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Did Joe Biden Mean By “Joe 30330?”," 1 Aug. 2019 John Travolta mistook Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift when handing over the award for ‘Video of the Year.’ -- pic.twitter.com/z8MsJtcp1V Check out reactions to Travolta's flub below. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "John Travolta Handed the VOTY Award to the Wrong Taylor Swift at the VMAs and Yep, There's Video," 26 Aug. 2019 More importantly — after last year’s struggles — there were no flubs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs Fan Fest scrimmage: Offense ahead of the defense — for once," 17 Aug. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of flub was in 1900

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English Language Learners Definition of flub

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

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