from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To botch; bungle.
  • n. The act or an instance of botching or bungling: "Their literature leans toward a comedy of small social flubs and withered chastity” ( James Wolcott).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An error; a mistake in the performance an action.
  • v. To goof, fumble, or err in the performance of an action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bang; flop.
  • n. Same as foozle, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  • n. an embarrassing mistake


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly suggested by fluff and flop. US; as verb from 1924, noun from 1953. (Wiktionary)



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