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blunder

[bluhn-der] /ˈblʌn dər/
noun
1.
a gross, stupid, or careless mistake:
That's your second blunder this morning.
verb (used without object)
2.
to move or act blindly, stupidly, or without direction or steady guidance:
Without my glasses I blundered into the wrong room.
3.
to make a gross or stupid mistake, especially through carelessness or mental confusion:
Just pray that he doesn't blunder again and get the names wrong.
verb (used with object)
4.
to bungle; botch:
Several of the accounts were blundered by that new assistant.
5.
to utter thoughtlessly; blurt out:
He blundered his surprise at their winning the award.
Origin
Norwegian dialect
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English blunderen, blondren, (v.) < Old Norse blunda shut one's eyes, nap; compare Norwegian dialect blundra
Related forms
blunderer, noun
blunderingly, adverb
nonblundering, adjective, noun
nonblunderingly, adverb
outblunder, verb (used with object)
superblunder, noun
unblundering, adjective
Synonyms
1. error. See mistake.
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Examples from the web for blunders
  • Tainted by past blunders, the modern-day industry struggles to reconcile high stakes economics with sound environmental practices.
  • Other political generals are also remembered more for their military defeats or blunders than for any positive achievements.
  • But nerves, the observer effect, and pedagogic blunders can conspire to conjure up the wrong impression of your teaching skills.
  • Overconfidence causes blindness, and blindness in turn causes blunders.
  • Cap the meal with a sublime treacle pudding and you could almost excuse the kitchen's blunders.
  • And any one who permits himself this incongruity is likely to be betrayed into actual blunders.
  • Instead of that, they were busy telling over his blunders.
  • And he is, by his own admission, prone to verbal blunders.
  • To be sure, he made a number of blunders, as was to be expected.
  • They can goad us into tactical errors and strategic blunders.
British Dictionary definitions for blunders

blunder

/ˈblʌndə/
noun
1.
a stupid or clumsy mistake
2.
a foolish tactless remark
verb (mainly intransitive)
3.
to make stupid or clumsy mistakes
4.
to make foolish tactless remarks
5.
often foll by about, into, etc. to act clumsily; stumble: he blundered into a situation he knew nothing about
6.
(transitive) to mismanage; botch
Derived Forms
blunderer, noun
blundering, noun, adjective
blunderingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blunda to close one's eyes, Norwegian dialect blundra; see blind
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Word Origin and History for blunders

blunder

v.

mid-14c., "to stumble about blindly," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blundra "shut one's eyes," from PIE root *bhlendh- (see blind). Meaning "make a stupid mistake" is first recorded 1711. Related: Blundered; blundering.

n.

mid-14c., apparently from blunder (v.), though of about the same age.

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