blunder
I. verb (blundered; blundering) Etymology: Middle English blundren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse blunda to shut one's eyes, doze, Norwegian dialect blundra Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to move unsteadily or confusedly 2. to make a mistake through stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness transitive verb 1. to utter stupidly, confusedly, or thoughtlessly 2. to make a stupid, careless, or thoughtless mistake in • blunderer nounblunderingly adverb II. noun Date: 1693 a gross error or mistake resulting usually from stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness Synonyms: see error

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(grossly), (from want of care) / , , / , , , , , , , (of the grossest kind), (from thoughtlessness), ,


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  • Blunder — Blun der, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blundered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blundering}.] [OE. blunderen, blondren, to stir, confuse, blunder; perh. allied to blend to mix, to confound by mixture.] 1. To make a gross error or mistake; as, to blunder in writing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blunder — Blun der, n. 1. Confusion; disturbance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A gross error or mistake, resulting from carelessness, stupidity, or culpable ignorance. [1913 Webster] Syn: {Blunder}, {Error}, {Mistake}, {Bull}. Usage: An error is a departure or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blunder — Blun der, v. t. 1. To cause to blunder. [Obs.] To blunder an adversary. Ditton. [1913 Webster] 2. To do or treat in a blundering manner; to confuse. [1913 Webster] He blunders and confounds all these together. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blunder — vb lurch, flounder, *stumble, trip, lumber, galumph, lollop, bumble Analogous words: stagger, *reel, totter: *wallow, welter blunder n mistake, *error, bull, howler, boner, slip, lapse, faux pas Analogous words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • blunder — [n] mistake blooper*, boner*, booboo*, bungle, dumb move*, dumb thing to do*, error, fault, faux pas, flub*, flub up*, fluff*, gaffe, goof*, howler*, impropriety, inaccuracy, indiscretion, lapse, muff*, oversight, slip, slip up, solecism, trip*;… …   New thesaurus

  • blunder — ► NOUN ▪ a stupid or careless mistake. ► VERB 1) make a blunder. 2) move clumsily or as if unable to see. ORIGIN probably Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • Blunder — (engl., spr. blönn ), Irrtum, Versehen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Blunder — (engl., Blönder), Fehler, Mißgriff, Sprachfehler …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • blunder — index abortion (fiasco), disaster, err, fault (mistake), indiscretion, maladministration, misapprehend …   Law dictionary

  • blunder — • blunder, dumhet, misstag, fel, felsteg …   Svensk synonymlexikon

  • blunder — [blun′dər] vi. [ME blunderen, freq. < ON blunda, to shut the eyes, akin to Swed dial. blundra, to do blindly < IE base * bhlendh : see BLEND] 1. to move clumsily or carelessly; flounder; stumble 2. to make a foolish or stupid mistake vt. 1 …   English World dictionary

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