blunder vs fumble what difference

what is difference between blunder and fumble

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfʌmbəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl

Etymology 1

Late Middle English, from Low German fommeln or Dutch fommelen.

Or, perhaps from a Scandinavian/North Germanic source; compare Old Norse fálma, Swedish fumla, Danish fumle, German fummeln.

The ultimate origin for either could perhaps be imitative of fumbling. Or, from Proto-Indo-European *pal- (to shake, swing), see also Latin palpo (I pat, touch softly), and possibly Proto-West Germanic *fōlijan (to feel).

Verb

fumble (third-person singular simple present fumbles, present participle fumbling, simple past and past participle fumbled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To handle nervously or awkwardly.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
    • 1742, Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews
      Adams now began to fumble in his pockets.}}
  3. (intransitive) To blunder uncertainly.
  4. To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly.
  5. (transitive, intransitive, sports) To drop a ball or a baton etc. by accident.
  6. To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over.

Synonyms

  • (grope awkwardly): grubble, poke; see also Thesaurus:feel around
Translations

Noun

fumble (plural fumbles)

  1. (sports, American football, Canadian football) A ball etc. that has been dropped by accident.
Translations

Etymology 2

Blend of fool +‎ crumble.

Noun

fumble (plural fumbles)

  1. (Britain) A dessert similar to a cross between a fool and a crumble.

Further reading

  • fumble on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References


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