blunder

A blunder is an embarrassing mistake. Accidentally called your new boyfriend by your old boyfriend's name? Ouch. That's a blunder you don't want to repeat.

Has an embarrassing mistake ever made you feel like you’re stumbling around with your eyes closed? If so, it won’t surprise you to learn that blunder comes from the Old Norse word blundra, meaning to “shut one's eyes.” It wasn’t until the eighteenth century that blunder came to refer to a stupid or embarrassing mistake, or as a verb, to describe making such a mistake, as in “I tend to blunder when I'm nervous.”

Definitions of blunder
  1. noun
    an embarrassing mistake
    synonyms: bloomer, blooper, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall
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    bobble
    the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball
    spectacle
    a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
    bull
    a serious and ludicrous blunder
    fumble, muff
    (sports) dropping the ball
    fluff
    a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
    faux pas, gaffe, gaucherie, slip, solecism
    a socially awkward or tactless act
    howler
    a glaring blunder
    clanger
    a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate
    misstep, stumble, trip, trip-up
    an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
    type of:
    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  2. verb
    commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
    “I blundered during the job interview”
    synonyms: boob, drop the ball, goof, sin
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    breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  3. verb
    utter impulsively
    “He blundered his stupid ideas”
    synonyms: blunder out, blurt, blurt out, ejaculate
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  4. verb
    make one's way clumsily or blindly
    synonyms: fumble
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    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
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