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verb (used with or without object), flubbed, flub·bing.
  1. to perform poorly; blunder; bungle: He flubbed the last shot and lost the match.
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  1. a blunder.
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Origin of flub

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain
Related formsflub·ber, noun
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Related Words for flubbed

injured, impaired, run-down, flawed, flub, fumble, mishandle, botch, confuse, muddle, spoil, bungle, stumble, bumble, err, flounder, miscalculate, misjudge, mismanage, muff

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Historical Examples of flubbed

  • I flubbed my drive, smothered my brassie shot, and heeled my third into the woods.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • The Lester-bot lobbed one to Perry-bot, but Perry-bot flubbed the toss.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Every time his name came up, somebody would say, "Oh, yes; he flubbed the contact on Whatzit."


    H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for flubbed


  1. an embarrassing mistake or blunder
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verb flubs, flubbing or flubbed
  1. (intr) to blunder or make an embarrassing mistake
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Word Origin for flub

C20: of origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for flubbed



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

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