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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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  • They blundered on to discover that the smoke hid not lightly armored archers but cavalrymen brandishing lance and sword and mace.
  • Say, bank vice presidents who have blundered into embezzlement.
  • Going over the experience again, long after all the great actors were dead, he struggled to see where he had blundered.
  • He squeezed it, trembling, and blundered toward his coat.
  • In finding out, they may have blundered across the starting point for a new material that is both strong and light.
  • He is wobbly on fiscal policy, blundered on the hot topic of shale gas and sounds uncertain on foreign affairs.
  • He might have been rash, he might have tried to do too much, and he might have blundered.
  • When this scheme works, the organization believes that the employee blundered into ordering something that must be paid for.
  • For example, the department blundered in hiring a physical therapist to conduct the nutrition training.
  • But there are some areas where the city has blundered.
British Dictionary definitions for blundered

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 blundered

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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