\ 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

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 Both teams’ performances go down smoothly, with only Coco really seeming to flub her verse. Shaad D'souza, Vulture, 15 May 2021 President Biden appeared to flub Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's title and Pentagon office during a ceremony at the White House honoring two female military aviators for promotion to four-star commands. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 8 Mar. 2021 Small Business Advice has had the site for years, not just since Mnuchin flubbed the address. Philip Elliott, Time, 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, 13 Nov. 2019 Even vdev removal can't save you from a flubbed ashift setting! Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 8 May 2020 Fortunately for all, there were no name flubs this time around. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, 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, 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, 22 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But that wasn't the only flub HBO Max were forced to fix. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 But with regulators breathing down the bank's neck over long-overdue systems upgrades, plus a flurry of bad press over the fat-finger flub, Corbat decided to bounce early, according to the Wall Street Journal. Allison Morrow, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 The introduction was scruffy (an out-of-tune violin here, a brass flub there) but the second movement’s lusty, voluminous accents set the tone for the rest of the evening. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2021 As the shot clock started to churn, Christie collected his dribble after a bit of a flub on a catch in MSU’s motion offense. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 18 Nov. 2021 This kind of executive can command a room, finish a 15-minute TEDx talk without a flub and banter on a panel in front of 1,000 people. Beck Bamberger, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Barta did refer to the team as UTSA after his initial flub. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 This funny flub is a lovely respite from the murderous mayhem happening on You season 3, which finds Joe and Love settling into the suburbs with their son, Henry, and causing more chaos than ever. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 21 Oct. 2021 While the capsule survived the mission, and crews on the ground managed to gather a significant amount of data, the flub set the company’s timeline back significantly. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of flub


1904, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Flub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flub. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of flub

: to fail to do (something) correctly : botch


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