blunder

[bluhn-der]

noun

a gross, stupid, or careless mistake: That's your second blunder this morning.

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. blumberg's sign,
  2. blumberg, baruch samuel,
  3. blume,
  4. blumenau,
  5. blunden,
  6. blunderbuss,
  7. blunderful,
  8. blunderhead,
  9. blundering,
  10. blunge

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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British Dictionary definitions for blunder

blunder

noun

a stupid or clumsy mistake
a foolish tactless remark

verb (mainly intr)

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
Derived Formsblunderer, nounblundering, noun, adjectiveblunderingly, adverb

Word Origin for blunder

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse blunda to close one's eyes, Norwegian dialect blundra; see blind

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