Definition of blunder in English:

blunder

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Pronunciation: /ˈblʌndə
 
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noun

verb

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  • 1Make a stupid or careless mistake; act or speak clumsily: he knew he’d blundered (as adjective blundering) one’s first blundering attempts
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    • Yet this megalomaniac blundered on, boasting of an episode in his life that had best be referred to only in passing.
    • Some of your Democratic colleagues are insisting, at this point, that you blundered on both votes.
    • It subsequently changed when it was recognized that the country had blundered on a variety of fronts.
    Synonyms
    make a mistake, be mistaken, err, be in error, misjudge, miscalculate, bungle, trip up, be wrong, get something wrong, be wide of the mark
    informal slip up, screw up, blow it, foul up, goof, boob, put one's foot in it, make a boo-boo, drop a brick
    vulgar slang fuck up, bugger up
  • 1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move clumsily or as if unable to see: we were blundering around in the darkness
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    • To Henry, it seems that the whole world is a ‘conspiracy of the young’; a party he has blundered into, only to find that everybody else is already somehow acquainted with one another, and he knows nobody.
    • I just blundered into it, but once I began to see how I would be free in the material, I was very happy.
    • A myth has grown up that he blundered into his discovery and did not realise the true potential of penicillin, leaving others to exploit it.
    Synonyms

Derivatives

blunderer

noun
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  • Although blunderers aren't condemned for their blundering, and criminals aren't arraigned for their crimes, the evidence which might have condemned them is diligently recorded.
  • There is a third possibility, which has been under-considered: that they are, quite simply, blunderers.
  • Any objective observer must report that the universe, if it is the product of conscious design, is clear proof that the designer is incompetent, a blunderer, an all-thumbs amateur who should not be allowed back into the workshop.

blunderingly

adverb
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  • Well, why give yourself the necessary time to grieve and recover, when you can blunderingly plead for their return any time you wish, via a few attenuated syllables?
  • The actress was particularly good as the neurotic detective sergeant who keeps asking blunderingly inappropriate questions of interviewees, antagonising them seemingly just for the hell of it.
  • As I’ve blunderingly said for a long time now, I’ve known that I plan to spend my life with Elizabeth.

Origin

Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to blind.

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