verb (used with or without object), flubbed, flub·bing.

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 formsflub·ber, noun
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Related Words for flub

fluff, err, botch, blunder, muff, error, boner, bungle

Examples from the Web for flub

Contemporary Examples of flub

  • The DHS secretary will likely survive her "the system worked" flub.

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    Heckuvajob, Napolitano

    Reihan Salam

    December 29, 2009

Historical Examples of flub

  • "I seem to flub everything," I remarked, unaccountably nettled.

    I Walked in Arden

    Jack Crawford

  • When a half-grown girl, a half-baked boy, a flub like Mulready—damn his eyes!

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • And all confessed and joined his party, and he was known as the wisest king of the Flub Dubs.

    'Charge It'

    Irving Bacheller

British Dictionary definitions for flub



an embarrassing mistake or blunder

verb flubs, flubbing or flubbed

(intr) to blunder or make an embarrassing mistake

Word Origin for flub

C20: of origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for flub

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

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