- a gross, stupid, or careless mistake: That's your second blunder this morning.
- to move or act blindly, stupidly, or without direction or steady guidance: Without my glasses I blundered into the wrong room.
- 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.
- to bungle; botch: Several of the accounts were blundered by that new assistant.
- to utter thoughtlessly; blurt out: He blundered his surprise at their winning the award.
Origin of blunder
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Examples from the Web for blunder
I tried a half-dozen other representatives, none who could remedy the blunder, all who cited different reasons for the occurrence.Where Cellphone Numbers Go to Die
August 16, 2014
Above all, this is not the time to blunder into horrendous religious and civil wars with direct and extensive U.S. military force.A Winning Strategy for Iraq and Syria
Leslie H. Gelb
June 21, 2014
The moment seems to be a familiar breed of Internet gaffe when a eager but inept social media staffer makes a blunder.RNC Chair Tweets Picture Of Maryland's Democratic Governor
May 31, 2014
If the South had not made the blunder of disunion, it might well have gotten its way through constitutional means.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party
December 8, 2013
As we say in our Untold History of the United States, “it was a blunder of epic proportions.”Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick On How Obama Should Handle the Crisis In Syria
Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick
October 15, 2013
I had made a blunder in thinking eighty miles only eighty miles under any circumstances.The Roof of France
We fear, also, that an English mayor has been known to blunder.
At which he sneered, and said that was a bull and a blunder, but no wonder, as I was an Irishman.
I am sorry that Congress was taken in, and committed such a blunder.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of Grief the blunder of a life.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- a stupid or clumsy mistake
- a foolish tactless remark
- to make stupid or clumsy mistakes
- to make foolish tactless remarks
- (often foll by about, into, etc) to act clumsily; stumblehe blundered into a situation he knew nothing about
- (tr) to mismanage; botch
Word Origin and History for blunder
mid-14c., apparently from blunder (v.), though of about the same age.