blunder vs flub what difference

what is difference between blunder and flub

English

Etymology

From Middle English blunder, blonder (disturbance, strife), from Middle English blundren, blondren (verb), which itself is partly from Middle English blondren, a frequentative form of Middle English blonden, blanden (“to mix; mix up”; corresponding to blend +‎ -er); and partly from Middle English blundren, a frequentative form of Middle English blunden (to stagger; stumble), from Old Norse blunda (to shut the eyes; doze).

Cognates include Norwegian blunda (to shut the eyes; doze), dialectal Swedish blundra (to act blindly or rashly), Danish blunde (to blink) or blunde (to take a nap). Related to English blind.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈblʌn.də(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈblʌn.dɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌndə(ɹ)

Noun

blunder (plural blunders)

  1. A clumsy or embarrassing mistake.
  2. (chess) A very bad move, usually caused by some tactical oversight.

Synonyms

  • (error): blooper, goof, see also Thesaurus:error

Derived terms

  • blunderfest
  • blundersome

Descendants

  • Dutch: blunder
  • Swedish: blunder

Translations

Verb

blunder (third-person singular simple present blunders, present participle blundering, simple past and past participle blundered)

  1. (intransitive) To make a clumsy or stupid mistake.
  2. (intransitive) To move blindly or clumsily.
    • October 6, 1759, Oliver Goldsmith, The Bee No. 1
      I was never distinguished for address, and have often even blundered in making my bow.
    • blunders on, and staggers every pace
  3. (transitive) To cause to make a mistake.
    • 1714, Humphry Ditton, A discourse concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ
      To blunder an adversary.
  4. (transitive) To do or treat in a blundering manner; to confuse.
    • 1676, Edward Stillingfleet, A Defence of the Discourse Concerning the Idolatry Practised in the Church of Rome
      He blunders and confounds all these together.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Ledburn, bundler

Danish

Verb

blunder

  1. present of blunde

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʏn.dər/
  • Hyphenation: blun‧der
  • Rhymes: -ʏndər

Etymology 1

Borrowed from English blunder, from Middle English blonder, blundur (disturbance, strife), from Old Norse blunda (to shut the eyes). Related to blind.

Noun

blunder m (plural blunders, diminutive blundertje n)

  1. A blunder, serious error or mistake.
Related terms
  • blunderen

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

blunder

  1. first-person singular present indicative of blunderen
  2. imperative of blunderen

Anagrams

  • brulden

Swedish

Etymology

From English blunder.

Noun

blunder c

  1. blunder; clumsy mistake

Declension

Further reading

  • blunder in Svensk ordbok.


English

Etymology

Possibly suggested by fluff and flop. US; as verb from 1924, noun from 1953.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flʌb/

Noun

flub (plural flubs)

  1. (informal) An error; a mistake in the performance of an action.
    • 1962 November 6, Richard Nixon, “Gentlemen, this is my last press conference”, 2008, Rick Perlstein (editor), Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents, page 111,
      I made a talk on television, a talk in which I made a flub—one of the few that I make, not because I′m so good on television but because I′ve been doing it a long time. I made a flub in which I said I was running for governor of the United States.
    • 1997, Garry Marshall, Lori Marshall, Wake Me When It′s Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay, page 280,
      A flub can be a slight cinematic slip-up or a major gaffe.
    • The worst way to deal with a flub is to panic and make a big deal out of it.

Translations

Verb

flub (third-person singular simple present flubs, present participle flubbing, simple past and past participle flubbed)

  1. (transitive) To goof, fumble, or err in the performance of an action.
    • 2003, Trevor Pearson, Living Strictly fore! Pleasure, pages 88-89,
      ‘Stage fright? So? What are you babbling ′bout? You′re mad as a snake!’
      ‘Ever since I was a kid. I was in the Christmas Pageant one year and flubbed my line.’
      ‘What was your line?’
      ‘I told you I flubbed it!’ he mouthed these words hysterically.

Translations

See also

  • flub up
  • flub artist

Anagrams

  • BLUF

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