- 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
1350–1400; Middle English blunderen, blondren, (v.) < Old Norse blunda shut one's eyes, nap; compare Norwegian dialect blundra
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1. error. See mistake.
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Examples from the Web for blunderer
Rodenard, the blunderer, had been at fault when he had said that Lesperon had expired.Bardelys the Magnificent
"Blunderer, on the contrary, it is too late," replied Montalais.Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Everybody laughed at the blunderer, the joker jeering audibly.The Octopus
Jeffreys was still a blunderer, or else his conscience was unusually sensitive.A Dog with a Bad Name
Talbot Baines Reed
The flush, so vivid, that stayed made him feel himself a blunderer.The Shadow of Life
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- 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
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 blunderer
mid-14c., apparently from blunder (v.), though of about the same age.
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