verb bun·gle \ˈbəŋ-gəl\

: to make mistakes in doing (something) : to not do (something) well or successfully

bun·gledbun·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of BUNGLE

intransitive verb
:  to act or work clumsily and awkwardly
transitive verb
:  mishandle, botch <bungle a job>
bungle noun
bun·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun
bun·gling·ly \-g(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of BUNGLE

  1. The government bungled badly in planning the campaign.
  2. <bungled the job the first time she tried to do it>

Origin of BUNGLE

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic banga to hammer
First Known Use: 1549

Rhymes with BUNGLE


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