bun·​gled ˈbəŋ-gəld How to pronounce bungled (audio)
: badly done : unsuccessful because of mistakes : botched
a bungled robbery
a badly bungled attempt

Examples of bungled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And to make matters worse, crime rates have risen, demonstrations by taxi drivers have turned violent, and a bungled garbage collection policy has blanketed Luanda with waste and a pestilential stench. Ricardo Soares De Oliveira, Foreign Affairs, 28 Oct. 2015 Critics charge the village acted hastily in a bungled attempt to unsuccessfully relocate Northbrook’s Metra station south to the former Grainger site. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 27 Jan. 2023 With the aura of a cult leader, Nayeri schemed for a payday with dim-bulb high school pals in a bungled plot that left an innocent man mutilated for life. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 17 Dec. 2022 The regional head of Dagestan, Sergei Melikov, threw his phone down and swore at local officials over the bungled mobilization effort. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2022 Earlier this month, for instance, the FDA announced an embarrassing backpedal in its bungled attempt to ban Juul e-cigarette products. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 July 2022 After abandoning its bungled attempt to storm Kyiv two months ago, Russia declared that taking the entire Donbas is its main objective. Hanna Arhirova, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 The bungled response to a problem discovered two weeks before the election left many key primary races hanging for over a week after Election Day. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 6 June 2022 But in the short term and long, the world appears more at risk of a nuclear conflict as a result of Putin’s bungled invasion and nuclear threats, according to arms control experts and negotiators. Ellen Knickmeyer, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bungled was in 1619

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“Bungled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bungled. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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