blunder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blunder utter impulsively "He blurted out the secret","He blundered his stupid ideas"
    • v blunder make one's way clumsily or blindly "He fumbled towards the door"
    • v blunder commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake "I blundered during the job interview"
    • n blunder an embarrassing mistake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blunder A gross error or mistake, resulting from carelessness, stupidity, or culpable ignorance.
    • Blunder Confusion; disturbance.
    • Blunder To cause to blunder. "To blunder an adversary."
    • Blunder To do or treat in a blundering manner; to confuse. "He blunders and confounds all these together."
    • Blunder To make a gross error or mistake; as, to blunder in writing or preparing a medical prescription.
    • Blunder To move in an awkward, clumsy manner; to flounder and stumble. "I was never distinguished for address, and have often even blundered in making my bow.""Yet knows not how to find the uncertain place,
      And blunders on, and staggers every pace."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blunder To move or act blindly, stupidly, or without direction or steady guidance; flounder; stumble: frequently with on or along.
    • blunder To make a gross mistake, especially through mental confusion; err widely or stupidly.
    • blunder To mix (things) confusedly; confuse.
    • blunder To confound; confuse; distract; cause to make blunders: as, “to blunder an adversary,”
    • blunder To injure or destroy by blundering; mismanage: as, “to darken or blunder the cause,”
    • blunder To do or make faultily or erroneously; make mistakes in through ignorance or stupidity; bungle.
    • blunder To utter thoughtlessly or in a blundering manner; blurt out: generally with out: as, to blunder out an excuse.
    • n blunder A mistake made through precipitance or mental confusion; a gross or stupid mistake.
    • n blunder Synonyms Error, Mistake, Blunder, Bull. An error is a wandering from truth, primarily in impression, judgment, or calculation, and, by extension of the idea, in conduct; it may be a state. A mistake is a false judgment or choice; it does not, as error sometimes does, imply moral obliquity, the defect being placed wholly in the wisdom of the actor, and in its treatment of this defect the word is altogether gentle. Blunder is a strong word for a mistake which is stupid, a gross error in action or speech. A bull is a blunder in language, involving generally a very obvious and comical contradiction; but the word is sometimes applied to any particularly inapt or ludicrously inappropriate remark.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Blunder blun′der to make a gross mistake, to flounder about: to utter thoughtlessly
    • n Blunder a gross mistake
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Quotations

  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    Johann%20Wolfgang%20Von%20Goethe
    “A clever man commits no minor blunders.”
  • Charles R. Darwin
    Charles R. Darwin
    “What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.”

Idioms

Himalayan blunder - A Himalayan blunder is a very serious mistake or error.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blunderen, blondren, to stir, confuse, blunder; perh. allied to blend, to mix, to confound by mixture

Usage

In literature:

Most people have forgotten Petiet, and it is a blunder to remind them of him.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
The blunder of George Chalmers has been repeated in numerous publications throughout Europe and in America.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Could the All-Wise make a blunder?
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Hillard took a step backward and blundered against a pedestal.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
He had committed a blunder, and he did not forgive blunders easily, especially in himself.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Most of mankind must be content with the modest aim which Dr. Holmes set for the poet, to know enough not to make too many blunders.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
Sir Francis Drake made a terrible blunder.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Obviously, a blunder in identity had created this genial smile.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Another egregious blunder which has persisted is the printing of the word "past" for "passed," in the extract below.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
You could blunder along with such a companion to your heart's content.
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
Even old codgers like myself blunder sometimes.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
Darkness and ignorance of the ground caused much blundering.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
We are prone to make sad blunders when we discipline ourselves.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Blunders was there as well as your mother and Venetia.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Many of these half-way severities are mere hot-headed blundering.
"Romola" by George Eliot
This is a disastrous blunder.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
Youth and age together did not make any blunder of it.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The firm don't recognize it, and I think it is liable to lead us all into blunders and errors, as it has you.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
The first acts of his reign were unpopular; and it was subsequently disgraced by a continual succession of political blunders.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Do you suppose God blunders?
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
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In poetry:

Let him by night his joys pursue,
And blunder in the dark,
While I by day enjoying you, Can see to hit the mark.
"Songs Set To Music: 18. Set" by Matthew Prior
Then, letting metaphysics slip,
It mumbled moral thunder;
Showing how Virtue's self will trip
If Reason chance to blunder.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
We next had the social jubilee,
And from my heart I wondered;
If any girl there would talk to me—
A simple, social blunder.
"Ajax' Bashfulness" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Yet the best is gone. Too late, I'd
Give my soul for it, in truth.
Can it be the blundering, great-eyed,
Sweet stupidity of youth?
"Losses" by Heinrich Heine
The other — God knows why he found
No path so sanctified —
Went blundering on from dawn till dawn,
Till all the world had died.
"The Very Last" by John Joy Bell
Then, out of Time and out of Space,
Is built an Hour and a Place
Where all an earnest, baffled Earth
Blunders and trips to make us mirth;
"The Playmate" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Blunders take Dallas out of the game early in Sunday's beatdown.
Perry says his campaign won't end despite debate blunder.
Atletico Rafaela goalkeeper Guillermo Sara was guilty of an horrific blunder as his side were beaten 3-1 by Estudiantes last weekend.
IF you have never coped with gardening on a balcony or rooftop or in a city yard before, thoughtful planning at this time of year will help you avoid some expensive blunders.
Five tips for avoiding a bargaining blunder.
The Schmitt scandal has captivated Hungarians , who have responded with Internet memes that spoof his former "doctor" title and the rhetorical blunders he was known for making.
Offensive blunders, inconsistency proves costly for Huskies.
Blunders jeopardize Drew Peterson murder prosecution.
' Like Crazy ': From Cupid's Blunders, Wonders.
Of Hawaii's Board and President Make Peace Over 'Wonder Blunder' Incident.
"Great Leap Forward" is Americanized to "Forward" -- a socialist campaign blunders.
In the midst of the non-peace talk debacle, we shouldn't lose track of another Obama blunder: his Syria policy.
We are all aware of the human capacity to make verbal or written blunders.
The $12 trillion misunderstanding : Whose budget blunder.
Republican's insults of troops, other blunders show he's not ready.
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In science:

But in developing this idea, they blundered, and it was, unfortunately, their botched version of the idea that was taken up and subsequently built into the institutional structure of academia.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
He took an extreme position and renounced to the cosmological constant that he considered being the “biggest blunder” of his life (in contrast, Lemaˆıtre always defended the cosmological constant as one of the most fundamental ingredients of modern cosmology).
Models of universe with a polytropic equation of state: I. The early universe
It was then that Einstein (according to Gamow’s autobiography) called the introduction of the cosmological constant ’the biggest blunder of my life’.
Accelerating Universe: Observational Status and Theoretical Implications
As discussed below, there is better reason than ever before to believe that the cosmological constant may be non-zero, and Einstein may not have blundered after all.
Accelerating Universe: Observational Status and Theoretical Implications
The writer of the present paper finds in very difficult to understand why, to his best knowledge, this obvious blunder has not been pointed out in the century since Ref. was written.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
So in retrospect, even if introduced for the opposite purpose, the cosmological constant is everything but a blunder.
Speakable and unspeakable in cosmology: dark matter vs. gravitational self energies. Hubble's constant, the cosmological term and all that
Note that Einstein called it ”the biggest blunder of my life”.
FACTS AND IDEAS IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
We don’t, for example, want to make the childish blunder of bashing a square peg into a round hole.
Weak Values and Relational Generalisations
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