blunder

[ bluhn-der ]
/ ˈblʌn dər /

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.

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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blunder

/ (ˈblʌndə) /

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 Forms

blunderer, 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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