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Bungle BUNGLE

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Meaning of “bungle” in the English Dictionary

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bungle
verb [ T ]

uk




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡəl/
us




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡəl/


to do something wrong , in a careless or stupid way

Synonym

botch

Thesaurus: synonyms and related words

Failing and doing badly

  • abjectly

  • at-risk

  • backbencher

  • balls-up

  • be on your beam ends idiom

  • blow

  • collapse

  • crack

  • flog a dead horse idiom

  • flop

  • flub

  • flunk out

  • founder

  • fray around/at the edges idiom

  • sclerotic

  • screw

  • screw (sth) up

  • sink like a stone idiom 1

  • smoke

  • so much for sth idiom

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bungled

adjective uk




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡəld/
us




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡəld/

a bungled robbery

bungler

noun [ C ] uk




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡlər/
us




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡlɚ/

He’s an incompetent bungler.

bungling

adjective uk




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡlɪŋ/
us




/ˈbʌŋ.ɡlɪŋ/

What bungling idiot did this?


(Definition of “bungle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bungle
verb [ T ]

us




/ˈbʌŋ·ɡəl/


to do something badly , or spoil something:

The police bungled the investigation .


(Definition of “bungle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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      bungle

      [buhng-guhl]

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      verb (used with object), bun·gled, bun·gling.
      1. to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch: He bungled the job.
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      verb (used without object), bun·gled, bun·gling.
      1. to perform or work clumsily or inadequately: He is a fool who bungles consistently.
      noun
      1. a bungling performance.
      2. that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.

      Origin of bungle

      First recorded in 1520–30; of uncertain origin
      Related formsbun·gler, nounbun·gling·ly, adverbun·bun·gling, adjective

      Synonyms for bungle

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      1. mismanage , muddle , spoil , ruin ; foul up.
      Dictionary.com Unabridged
      Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

      Related Words for bungle

      flub , err , miscalculate , botch , mismanage , muff , mishandle , fudge , mar , ruin , butcher , fumble , spoil , boggle


      Examples from the Web for bungle

      Contemporary Examples of bungle

      • Tatum and Hill reunite in 22 Jump Street as Jenko and Schmidt, hapless cops who go undercover as students to bungle a drug ring.

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        Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill on ‘22 Jump Street,’ Penis Kissing, and Julie Andrews’s Boobs

        Kevin Fallon

        June 10, 2014

      • The Yankees have been paying for this $270 million bungle—enabled by some savvy advice from Goldman Sachs—ever since.

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        A-Rod the Scapegoat

        Allen St. John

        August 5, 2013

      • Every Senator who voted for Obamacare is accused of being the 60th vote, but few managed to bungle the process as badly as Nelson.

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        Let's Put the Nebraska Senate Race in Proper Context

        Justin Green

        October 30, 2012

      • The Bergamots do have a beautiful life—a life they bungle out of fear, vanity, desperation, and love.

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        The Perils of the Teen

        Jill Bialosky

        August 17, 2011

      Historical Examples of bungle

      • In the first place she’ll be sorry for you, because you will make such a bungle of it.

        One Day's Courtship

        Robert Barr

      • Sure, now, didn’t he give you my message, or did he bungle it?

        Captain Blood

        Rafael Sabatini

      • He must understand his position, so as not to bungle the thing.

        The Pit Prop Syndicate

        Freeman Wills Crofts

      • “I made a false step there; but it was just like me to bungle,” continued Gaston.

        Fairy Fingers

        Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

      • He never hesitated, nor did he hurry and make a bungle of it.

        The House of Pride

        Jack London


      British Dictionary definitions for bungle

      bungle

      verb
      1. (tr) to spoil (an operation) through clumsiness, incompetence, etc; botch
      noun
      1. a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch
      Derived Formsbungler, nounbungling, adjective, noun

      Word Origin for bungle

      C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare dialect Swedish bangla to work without results
      Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
      © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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      Word Origin and History for bungle
      v.

      1520s, origin obscure. OED suggests imitative; perhaps a mix of boggle and bumble, or more likely from a Scandinavian word akin to Swedish bangla “to work ineffectually,” Old Swedish bunga “to strike” (cf. German Bengel “cudgel,” also “rude fellow”). Related: Bungled; bungling .

      n.

      1650s, from bungle (v.).

      Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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      Nearby words for bungle


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