What does blunder mean?

Definitions for blunder
ˈblʌn dərblun·der

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. blunder

    A blunder is a careless or foolish mistake, often resulting from lack of knowledge, attention, or misjudgment. It can refer to significant errors in any field, such as chess moves, strategic decisions, or public statements. It highlights actions that are not thought through properly and can possibly lead to severe consequences.

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. Mohini Mohan Mishra:

    The field trials will destroy the entire agrarian economy of this country because they have no clue about the long term impact, they have been blinded by the western corporates and we will not let them commit this blunder.

  2. Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

    One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.

  3. 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.

  4. Tim Winter:

    TLC once stood for The Learning Channel…and now it stands for Totally Ludacris Content, it’s pathetic and it’s desperate. It’s a strategic blunder. You have to have a brand for your programing and a program like ‘Sex in Public’ is going to help nobody. It may be clever in terms of ‘oh they’re going to a food court to talk to about their sexual appetite’ but at the end of the day this is explicit content, it’s on a network that has built a brand on other types of content. I just don’t think it’s going to fit.

  5. Antoine De Saint-Exupery:

    One man may hit the mark, another blunder but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.

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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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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. defiant
    • B. tacky
    • C. butch
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