What does blunder mean?

Definitions for blunder
ˈblʌn dərblun·der

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word blunder.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blunder, blooper, bloomer, bungle, pratfall, foul-up, fuckup, flub, botch, boner, boo-booverb

    an embarrassing mistake

  2. drop the ball, sin, blunder, boob, goofverb

    commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake

    "I blundered during the job interview"

  3. fumble, blunderverb

    make one's way clumsily or blindly

    "He fumbled towards the door"

  4. blurt out, blurt, blunder out, blunder, ejaculateverb

    utter impulsively

    "He blurted out the secret"; "He blundered his stupid ideas"


  1. blundernoun

    A clumsy or embarrassing mistake.

    Etymology: blunda. Cognates include Danish blunde.

  2. blunderverb

    To make a stupid mistake.

    Etymology: blunda. Cognates include Danish blunde.

  3. blunderverb

    To move blindly or clumsily.

    Etymology: blunda. Cognates include Danish blunde.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blunderverb

    to make a gross error or mistake; as, to blunder in writing or preparing a medical prescription

  2. Blunderverb

    to move in an awkward, clumsy manner; to flounder and stumble

  3. Blunderverb

    to cause to blunder

  4. Blunderverb

    to do or treat in a blundering manner; to confuse

  5. Blundernoun

    confusion; disturbance

  6. Blundernoun

    a gross error or mistake, resulting from carelessness, stupidity, or culpable ignorance

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blunder

    blun′der, v.i. to make a gross mistake, to flounder about: to utter thoughtlessly.—n. a gross mistake.—p.adj. Blun′dering, apt to make gross mistakes: apt to stumble.—To blunder away, to throw away some opportunity or advantage. [M. E. blondren; prob. conn. with Bland; perh. from Ice. blunda, to doze.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blunder in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blunder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of blunder in a Sentence

  1. Sean King Park Strategies:

    Considering Taiwan would only use these planes for defensive purposes, it was a short-sighted blunder on the administration’s part not to sell Taiwan the new planes,” Sean King, vice president of Park Strategies, told The Hill. “We can’t let ourselves be bullied by Beijing. After all, the United States is mainland China’s No. 1 nation-state export market. Beijing needs us more than we sometimes realize.”

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    I will do everything that I can to make sure that the United States does not get involved in another quagmire like we did in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country, we should be putting together a coalition of Arab countries who should be leading the effort.

  3. Dick Cheney:

    She voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of the United States of America.

  4. Dan Sullivan:

    Meanwhile, in the face of this Russian military buildup, we are significantly reducing Army forces in our nation’s only Arctic state, Alaska. This is a strategic blunder by the Obama administration.

  5. Patrick Morrisey:

    President Biden's promise that America wants to take radical, transformational and too rapid reductions in carbon and carbon emissions by the end of the decade is a colossal domestic and foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.

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  • تخبطArabic
  • груба грешка, правя груби грешки, пропуск, вървя слепешкатаBulgarian
  • einen Bock schießen, Schnitzer, Patzer, patzenGerman
  • σφάλμα, λάθος, παραδρομή, σφάλλωGreek
  • descache, garrafal, torpeza, metida de pata, tropiezo, error, meter la pata, condoro, deslizSpanish
  • kommellus, kömmähdys, munaus, haksahdus, kFinnish
  • faux pas, gaffe, maladresse, impair, bourdeFrench
  • baklövés, szarvashibaHungarian
  • abbaglio, andare alla cieca, cantonata, strafalcione, sbagliare, muoversi a tentoniItalian
  • へま, ポカJapanese
  • blunderDutch
  • erro, mico, gafe, confusãoPortuguese
  • лопухну́ться, прокол, ляп, лажа́ться, промах, [[двигаться]] [[на]] [[ощупь]], просчёт, [[двигаться]] [[ощупь, ляпсус, ля́пнуть, облажа́тьсяRussian
  • kiksSerbo-Croatian
  • blunder, tabbe, tavlaSwedish
  • การทำพลาดThai
  • hataTurkish
  • غلطیUrdu
  • pökönVolapük
  • 错误Chinese

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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. elan
    • B. hodgepodge
    • C. leaven
    • D. nitrile

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