- 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
Synonyms for blunder
Related Words for blunderedgoof, fault, lapse, indiscretion, blooper, inaccuracy, error, gaffe, oversight, bumble, bungle, err, flounder, fluff, solecism, impropriety, flub, trip, muff, slip
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Contemporary Examples of blundered
And Romney may have blundered with an ad that says Obama sold “Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China.”Is the 2012 Election Finally Breaking Barack Obama’s Way?
November 3, 2012
As Republican Gov. Terry Branstad sees it, Romney has blundered and might not even finish in the top three.Many Candidates Are MIA in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses
December 9, 2011
Fifty years ago this week, Kennedy gave his historic inaugural address—and soon after blundered into the Bay of Pigs.The 50th Anniversary of JFK's Inauguration
January 15, 2011
John McCain also blundered when he could not recall how many homes he owned.And You Thought U.S. Conservatives Were Out of Touch!
November 7, 2008
Historical Examples of blundered
I could have bitten my tongue out, though I had blundered with the best intentions.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
At length it came to the turn of one who blundered dreadfully.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Words would have blundered, and hampered, and darkened all he had to say.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Panting for breath I blundered at the task of connecting the light.
She blundered on and turned the corner of the house; then she heard steps behind her.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 for blunder
mid-14c., apparently from blunder (v.), though of about the same age.