bungle

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verb bun·gle \ˈbəŋ-gəl\

Definition of bungle

bungled

bungling

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

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: 1549


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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