bungle

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verb bun·gle \ˈbəŋ-gəl\

Definition of bungle

bungled

;

bungling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to act or work clumsily and awkwardly bungled badly in the campaign

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  mishandle, botch bungle a job bungled the investigation

bungle

noun

bungler

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bunglingly

play \-g(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

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

Origin and Etymology of bungle

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic banga to hammer


First Known Use: 1530


BUNGLE Defined for English Language Learners

bungle

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verb bun·gle \ˈbəŋ-gəl\

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

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verb bun·gle \ˈbəŋ-gəl\

Definition of bungle for Students

bungled

;

bungling

  1. :  to act, do, make, or work badly bungled the job

bungler

noun


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