bungle

verb bun·gle \ ˈbəŋ-gəl \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of bungle

bungled; bungling play \ˈbəŋ-g(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
: to act or work clumsily and awkwardly
  • bungled badly in the campaign
transitive verb
: mishandle, botch
  • bungle a job
  • bungled the investigation

bungle

noun

bungler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of bungle in a Sentence

  1. The government bungled badly in planning the campaign.

  2. bungled the job the first time she tried to do it

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Origin and Etymology of bungle

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic banga to hammer


BUNGLE Defined for English Language Learners

bungle

verb

Definition of bungle for English Language Learners

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


BUNGLE Defined for Kids

bungle

verb bun·gle \ ˈbəŋ-gəl \

Definition of bungle for Students

bungled; bungling
: to act, do, make, or work badly
  • bungled the job

bungler

noun


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