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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Several cast members flubbed their lines.
▪ You are paralyzed by the thought that you can totally flub up by missing a step.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"botch, bungle," 1924, American English, of uncertain origin, perhaps suggested by fluff, flop, etc. Related: Flubbed; flubbing. As a noun, by 1952.


n. An error; a mistake in the performance of an action. vb. (context transitive English) To goof, fumble, or err in the performance of an action.

  1. n. an embarrassing mistake [syn: blunder, blooper, bloomer, bungle, foul-up, fuckup, botch, boner, boo-boo]

  2. v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]

  3. [also: flubbing, flubbed]

Usage examples of "flub".

The Christmas program came off with the usual cases of stage fright, flubbed lines, and missed cues.

Rebecca contributed, still speaking rapidly and in danger of flubbing her lines.

Frank Yoe is flubbing a mimimum of his lines during our shooting of the interior scenes.

Rebecca contributed, still speaking rapidly and in danger of flubbing her lines.

Monday is her day for all the beginning students, and I can hear them flubbing their scales.

There were variations in the chords: two of which were easily managed, but she flubbed the fourth and fifth because her scarred hand would not stretch.

He, Master Tagetarl, who had never flubbed an entrance or forgot tune or words, felt himself un­naturally stiff with fear and apprehension.

Impossible tricks that you continually flubbed at home went perfectly, owing to some mysterious spiritual adrenaline that took over your hands and proclaimed, "Thou shalt not fuck this one up.

Sturgeon dismantling Miss Scrimmage’s shotgun, Bruno’s flubs as an actor — the boys watched in fascination and awe.

And the last time out, he flubs it up so bad, a girl about half his size hurts him and he has to run away.

A service return or a two-foot put, whether it's for a $50,000 purse or a beer, can be vital, and the knowledge that it is can tense the player so he flubs the shot.

He could pick up his master’s flubs at doubles and get no thanks but a few dollars for it.

Parker and tossed him into a garbage bin outside the flub Zamboanga.