blunder

verb
blun·​der | \ ˈblən-dər How to pronounce blunder (audio) \
blundered; blundering\ ˈblən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce blunder (audio) \

Definition of blunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move unsteadily or confusedly In their exhaustion they often blundered against each other …— Norman Mailer
2 : to make a mistake through stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness blundered by not acting sooner

transitive verb

1 : to utter stupidly, confusedly, or thoughtlessly blundered an apology
2 : to make a stupid, careless, or thoughtless mistake in blundering matters through ignorance …— Rafael Sabatini

blunder

noun

Definition of blunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: a gross error or mistake resulting usually from stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness a costly tactical blunder

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Verb

blunderer \ ˈblən-​dər-​ər How to pronounce blunder (audio) \ noun

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Noun

error, mistake, blunder, slip, lapse mean a departure from what is true, right, or proper. error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this. procedural errors mistake implies misconception or inadvertence and usually expresses less criticism than error. dialed the wrong number by mistake blunder regularly imputes stupidity or ignorance as a cause and connotes some degree of blame. diplomatic blunders slip stresses inadvertence or accident and applies especially to trivial but embarrassing mistakes. a slip of the tongue lapse stresses forgetfulness, weakness, or inattention as a cause. a lapse in judgment

Examples of blunder in a Sentence

Verb We blundered along through the woods until we finally found the trail. Another skier blundered into his path. The government blundered by not acting sooner. Noun The accident was the result of a series of blunders. fixed a minor blunder in the advertising flyer
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Special teams blunder aside, Kevin Stefanski and the Browns offense squandered two potential go-ahead opportunities. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 But what dollar hawks didn't calculate was that the U.S. would jump out to such a huge lead in vaccinating Americans, while its biggest trading partners in Asia and the eurozone would blunder along. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 5 May 2021 The soil is full of pathogenic fungi just waiting for a nice juicy fire ant to blunder into them. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 21 Nov. 2020 The only points for Leach and Mississippi State during the 24-2 loss to Kentucky came on a Wildcats special teams blunder that resulted in a safety. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, 13 Oct. 2020 Ant death spirals break only when enough workers accidentally blunder away, creating trails that lead the spiraling workers to safety. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2020 Yearling black bears blunder over the asphalt in search of their own territories. Ben Goldfarb, The Atlantic, 6 July 2020 Some pointed to other calls Goldman strategists blundered in the past, while others said Wall Street banks were too slow to catch onto the trend. Vildana Hajric, Bloomberg.com, 27 May 2020 Performing slightly effeminate blundering outrage — not playing gay, exactly, but not not gay either — Lynde set a pattern. James Hibberd, EW.com, 19 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearly 80% of homeowners make some sort of blunder while attempting a DIY project, according to a recent survey. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2021 Creuzot wrote a memo to defense lawyers Aug. 11 notifying them of the blunder and set in motion public awareness. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 Any candidate who doesn’t devote time and energy to these places is making a strategic blunder. David R. Eichenthal, The New Republic, 19 July 2021 Los Angeles trounced the Suns in Game 3, which went a long way in soothing the burn of that blunder. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2021 Ross Gerber, a Tesla investor who is close with the company and has spoken with Musk, believes the failure to make inroads with the Biden administration was a strategic blunder on the CEO’s part. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 That the result of his policies will be to switch hydrocarbon production from the relatively clean U.S. to far dirtier competitors abroad only serves to make his approach an environmental as well as a strategic blunder. Jakob Puckett, National Review, 3 Aug. 2021 The Napa Valley dinner at the French Laundry, likely to be remembered as a major political blunder, fueled the recall petition. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 The public knew about that pregnancy at the time—if only because of a blunder by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of blunder

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blunder

Verb

Middle English blundren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse blunda to shut one's eyes, doze, Norwegian dialect blundra

Noun

noun derivative of blunder entry 1

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The first known use of blunder was in the 14th century

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23 Sep 2021

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“Blunder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blunder. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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blunder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move in an awkward or confused way
: to make a stupid or careless mistake

blunder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bad mistake made because of stupidity or carelessness

blunder

verb
blun·​der | \ ˈblən-dər How to pronounce blunder (audio) \
blundered; blundering

Kids Definition of blunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move in a clumsy way
2 : to make a mistake

blunder

noun

Kids Definition of blunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bad or stupid mistake

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