Synonyms of 'flounder'
to behave or speak in an awkward, confused wayThe economy was floundering.
to behave or speak in an awkward, confused wayThe president is floundering, trying to jump-start his campaign.
to struggle to move or stay upright, esp. in water or mudmen floundering about in the water
He collapsed on the floor, thrashing his legs about.
The smoke was so thick that I stumbled on the first step.
The dog had tumbled down the cliff.
I fumbled around like an idiot.
He groped in his pocket for his wallet.
Flounder is sometimes wrongly used where founder is meant: the project foundered (not floundered) because of lack of funds.
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in the sense of blunder
to act clumsilyHe had blundered into the table, upsetting the flowers.
in the sense of fumble
to say or do awkwardlyI fumbled around like an idiot.
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