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BLUN'DER, verb intransitive [This word seems to be allied to the Gr., to err, and to flounder. The sense of the latter is to move with sudden jerks, and irregular motions.]

1. To mistake grossly; to err widely or stupidly.

2. To move without direction, or steady guidance; to plunge at an object; to move, speak or write with sudden and blind precipitance; as, to blunder upon a reason; to blunder round a meaning.

3. To stumble, as a horse; a common use of the word.

BLUN'DER, noun A mistake through precipitance, or without due exercise of judgment; a gross mistake.