From Middle English blonder, blundur (“disturbance, strife”), from Old Norse blunda (“to shut the eyes”). Cognates include Swedish dialectal blundra (“to act blindly or rashly”), Danish blunde (“to blink”).
blunder (plural blunders)
- (error): blooper, boo-boo, error, faux pas, fluff, flub, fumble, gaffe, goof, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko
- (intransitive) To make a clumsy or stupid mistake.
- to blunder in preparing a medical prescription
- (intransitive) To move blindly or clumsily.
- I was never distinguished for address, and have often even blundered in making my bow.
- blunders on, and staggers every pace
- (transitive) To cause to make a mistake.
- To blunder an adversary.
- (transitive) To do or treat in a blundering manner; to confuse.
- He blunders and confounds all these together.
To make a stupid mistake
To move blindly or clumsily
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