bungling

adjective
bun·​gling | \ˈbəŋ-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of bungling 

: clumsily awkward or inept a bungling attempt at humor … her complaints about bungling doctors and mean-spirited nurses …— Michiko Kakutani

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Other Words from bungling

bunglingly adverb
a bunglingly inept investigation

Synonyms & Antonyms for bungling

Synonyms

awkward, botched, clumsy, fumbled, inept, inexpert, maladroit

Antonyms

adroit, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), facile

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First Known Use of bungling

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bungling was in 1589

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