From Middle English blunder, blonder (“disturbance, strife”), from the verb blundren, blondren, which itself is partly from Middle English blondren, a frequentative form of blonden, blanden ("to mix; mix up"; see blend); and partly from blundren, a frequentative form of blunden (“to stagger; stumble”), from Old Norse blunda (“to shut the eyes; doze”). Cognates include Norwegian blunda (“to shut the eyes; doze”), Swedish dialectal blundra (“to act blindly or rashly”), Danish blunde (“to blink”) or blunde (“to take a nap”).
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.
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