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.

  2. blunderverb

    To make a stupid mistake.

  3. blunderverb

    To move blindly or clumsily.

  4. Etymology: blunda. Cognates include Danish blunde.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Blundernoun

    A gross or shameful mistake.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    It was the advice of Schomberg to an historian, that he should avoid being particular in the drawing up of an army, and other circumstances in the day of battle; for that he had observed notorious blunders and absurdities committed by writers not conversant in the art of war. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    It is our own ignorance that makes us charge those works of the Almighty, as defects or blunders, as ill-contrived or ill-made. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

  2. To Blunderverb

    To mix foolishly or blindly.

    He seems to understand no difference between titles of respect and acts of worship; between expressions of esteem and devotion; between religious and civil worship: for he blunders and confounds all these together; and whatever proves one, he thinks, proves all the rest. Edward Stillingfleet.

  3. To BLUNDERverb

    Etymology: blunderen, Dutch; perhaps from blind.

    It is one thing to forget matter of fact, and another to blunder upon the reason of it. Roger L'Estrange.

    The grandees and giants in knowledge, who laughed at all besides themselves, as barbarous and insignificant, yet blundered, and stumbled, about their grand and principal concern. South.

    He who now to sense, now nonsense leaning,
    Means not, but blunders round about a meaning. Alexander Pope.

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. Bernie Sanders:

    Does Secretary Clinton have the intelligence, the experience to be president? Of course she does but I do question her judgment, i question her judgment which voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country.

  2. Ted Cruz:

    Senator Rubio emphatically supported Hillary Clinton in toppling (Muammar) Qaddafi in Libya. I think that made no sense, the terrorist attack that occurred in Benghazi was a direct result of that massive foreign policy blunder.

  3. Richard Blumenthal:

    The long and short is the Saudis need to come to their senses, they have committed a humongous blunder very much against their own economic and security interests as well as ours. The only apparent purpose of this cut in oil supplies is to help the Russians and harm Americans. It was unprovoked and unforced as an error.

  4. Robert Anson Heinlein:

    To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy -- and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.

  5. Mariano Rajoy:

    Talking and pledging is very easy but governing is slightly more difficult, the policy reforms that we've implemented have worked, and backtracking would be a blunder. When I see that, with the help of Podemos, the Socialists wants to change everything we've done, I just think it's bad for Spain.

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  • تخبطArabic
  • груба грешка, пропуск, вървя слепешката, правя груби грешкиBulgarian
  • patzen, Patzer, einen Bock schießen, SchnitzerGerman
  • σφάλλω, σφάλμα, λάθος, παραδρομήGreek
  • metida de pata, tropiezo, error, meter la pata, torpeza, desliz, garrafal, descache, condoroSpanish
  • munaus, k, haksahdus, kömmähdys, kommellusFinnish
  • maladresse, bourde, faux pas, gaffe, impairFrench
  • szarvashiba, baklövésHungarian
  • strafalcione, cantonata, sbagliare, muoversi a tentoni, andare alla cieca, abbaglioItalian
  • へま, ポカJapanese
  • blunderDutch
  • confusão, erro, mico, gafePortuguese
  • ляпсус, ля́пнуть, лопухну́ться, облажа́ться, [[двигаться]] [[ощупь, просчёт, [[двигаться]] [[на]] [[ощупь]], промах, лажа́ться, ляп, проколRussian
  • kiksSerbo-Croatian
  • tavla, tabbe, blunderSwedish
  • การทำพลาดThai
  • hataTurkish
  • غلطیUrdu
  • pökönVolapük
  • 错误Chinese

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