bun·​gling ˈbəŋ-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce bungling (audio)
: clumsily awkward or inept
a bungling attempt at humor
… her complaints about bungling doctors and mean-spirited nurses …Michiko Kakutani
bunglingly adverb
a bunglingly inept investigation

Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bungling was in 1589

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“Bungling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bungling. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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