flub

verb
\ 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

flub

noun

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

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 But these first, sometimes flubbed, steps point toward a future where complex animations are generated directly from a script. Scientific American, "Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week," 16 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, The Denver Post, "Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for 4th U.S. Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophy," 8 Sep. 2019 Three flubbed serves on three consecutive trips put a damper on an otherwise good night. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Deer defeats Clear Springs for a second time after 3-1 triumph," 14 Aug. 2019 That came around the time of public comments by chair John Williams, which raised expectations of an aggressive rate cut by the Federal Reserve, and were seen as flubbed by critics. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Dark Side of Customer Service: CEO Daily," 5 Aug. 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

Verb

1904, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flub

Verb

origin unknown

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flub

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flub

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

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