- a gross, stupid, or careless mistake: That’s your second blunder this morning.
verb (used without object)
- to move or act blindly, stupidly, or without direction or steady guidance: Without my glasses I blundered into the wrong room.
- to make a gross or stupid mistake, especially through carelessness or mental confusion: Just pray that he doesn’t blunder again and get the names wrong.
verb (used with object)
- to bungle; botch: Several of the accounts were blundered by that new assistant.
- to utter thoughtlessly; blurt out: He blundered his surprise at their winning the award.
- a stupid or clumsy mistake
- a foolish tactless remark
verb (mainly intr)
- to make stupid or clumsy mistakes
- to make foolish tactless remarks
- (often foll by about, into, etc) to act clumsily; stumblehe blundered into a situation he knew nothing about
- (tr) to mismanage; botch
mid-14c., “to stumble about blindly,” from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blundra “shut one’s eyes,” from PIE root *bhlendh- (see blind). Meaning “make a stupid mistake” is first recorded 1711. Related: Blundered; blundering.
mid-14c., apparently from blunder (v.), though of about the same age.