- 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 blundering
This initiative highlights activists from Cuba to China, who use satire to poke fun at their blundering and oppressive regimes.Celebrate Dictator Appreciation Month
June 20, 2013
He and several other blundering referees were cut by FIFA when it announced its list of officials for the remaining three rounds.World Cup Primer
June 12, 2010
It defies plausibility to suggest that president after president after president is blundering or inept.So What If Obama Fails?
August 23, 2009
But if I was a blundering amateur in all this, they were not so much discourteous as envious.City of Endless Night
It will be strange if I cannot find roads which shall baffle these blundering soldiers.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
All night he ran, blundering in the darkness into mishaps and obstacles that delayed but did not daunt.White Fang
"My blundering vision could not see how the strands were being woven," he added.Cleo The Magnificent
Suddenly the idea that he was blundering again exasperated him.His Masterpiece
- 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 blundering
mid-14c. as a present participle adjective; mid-15c. as a verbal noun, from blunder (v.). Related: Blunderingly.
mid-14c., apparently from blunder (v.), though of about the same age.