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blunder (noun, verb) /ˈblʌndɚ/ LISTEN

 

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A blunder is a careless and often stupid mistake. As a verb, to blunder means, obviously, ‘to make a stupid mistake,’ but also ‘to move or act in a clumsy or stupid manner.’ If you say something suddenly and without really thinking about it, that’s also to blunder, and if you spoil something by doing poor or clumsy work that’s to blunder too.

Example sentences

  • The intern's blunder cost the company a lot of money.
  • The figures didn't add up; clearly, someone had blundered.
  • Unable to find the light switch, Neil blundered across the dark room.
  • Gemma blundered out the secret.
  • The job was too complicated for the apprentice carpenter and he blundered it.

In pop culture

A blunderbuss is an old type of gun that was designed to shoot several projectiles over a short distance, but without accurate aim. So you could say, it shot in a blundering way. “Blunderbuss” is also the title of a song by Jack White, which you can listen to here:

Did you know?

Another way of saying you have blundered, in the sense of a mistake, is to say you have messed up. Mess up is more frequently used than blunder these days and is a little more informal.

Other forms

blunderer (noun), blundering (adjective)

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