Synonyms for floundered
- cast about
- come apart at the seams
- drop the ball
- fall down
- foul up
- go at backwards
- go to pieces
- make a mess of
- miss one's cue
- screw up
- slip up
- stub one's toe
- trip up
- work at
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLOUNDERED
"But you don't really mean it, Josie: you know you don't," he floundered.
Then he pushed past her, where she floundered, and lifted out his darling.
His horse had floundered in a snow-drift, and he himself was well-nigh frozen.
We had too much of it in our youth, we floundered in it up to our very chins.
Finally she began My Mammie, but floundered, broke down, and cried.
He regained his feet and floundered about, swearing like a crazy man.
The unawaited disloyalty into which he had floundered, surprised and annoyed him.
"There was hardly time, I suppose—there were people about—" he floundered.
"Well, I suppose—that is—I thought perhaps you—" floundered the Tyro, reddening.
A roach snapped idly at him as he floundered past the shoal.
1590s, perhaps an alteration of founder (q.v.), influenced by Dutch flodderen "to flop about," or native verbs in fl- expressing clumsy motion. Figurative use is from 1680s. Related: Floundered; floundering. As a noun derived from this sense, from 1867.