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.

Nearby words

  1. floyd,
  2. floyd, carlisle,
  3. flq,
  4. flra,
  5. flu,
  6. flubdub,
  7. fluctuant,
  8. fluctuate,
  9. fluctuation,
  10. flucytosine

Origin of flub

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain

Related formsflub·ber, noun

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Examples from the Web for flub

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

    Heckuvajob, Napolitano|Reihan Salam|December 29, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • And all confessed and joined his party, and he was known as the wisest king of the Flub Dubs.

    'Charge It'|Irving Bacheller
  • "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

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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