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[fluhb] /flʌb/
verb (used with or without object), flubbed, flubbing.
to perform poorly; blunder; bungle:
He flubbed the last shot and lost the match.
a blunder.
Origin of flub
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
flubber, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Lester-bot lobbed one to Perry-bot, but Perry-bot flubbed the toss.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • I flubbed my drive, smothered my brassie shot, and heeled my third into the woods.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Every time his name came up, somebody would say, "Oh, yes; he flubbed the contact on Whatzit."

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for flubbed


an embarrassing mistake or blunder
verb flubs, flubbing, flubbed
(intransitive) to blunder or make an embarrassing mistake
Word Origin
C20: of origin unknown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flubbed



1924, American English, perhaps suggested by fluff, flop, etc. Related: Flubbed; flubbing. As a noun, by 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flubbed



  1. A stupid blunderer; lummox, klutz: Pick up your feet and don't be such a flub
  2. : The flub, as generally defined, is a mistake


  1. To blunder; err; commit a gaffe; goof: I flubbed as soon as I opened my big mouth
  2. To ruin by blundering; spoil with mistakes: She flubbed the introduction, but did okay afterwards
  3. To avoid work or duty; shirk; goof off (1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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