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bungle

play
verb bun·gle \ˈbəŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of bungle

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

Full Definition of bungle

bun·gledbun·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to act or work clumsily and awkwardly

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  mishandle, botch <bungle a job>

bungle noun
bun·gler play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun
bun·gling·ly play \-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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