- to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch: He bungled the job.
- to perform or work clumsily or inadequately: He is a fool who bungles consistently.
- a bungling performance.
- that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.
Origin of bungle
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Examples from the Web for 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.Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill on ‘22 Jump Street,’ Penis Kissing, and Julie Andrews’s Boobs
June 10, 2014
The Yankees have been paying for this $270 million bungle—enabled by some savvy advice from Goldman Sachs—ever since.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.Let's Put the Nebraska Senate Race in Proper Context
October 30, 2012
The Bergamots do have a beautiful life—a life they bungle out of fear, vanity, desperation, and love.The Perils of the Teen
August 17, 2011
In the first place she'll be sorry for you, because you will make such a bungle of it.One Day's Courtship
Sure, now, didn't he give you my message, or did he bungle it?Captain Blood
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
- (tr) to spoil (an operation) through clumsiness, incompetence, etc; botch
- a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch
Word Origin and History for bungle
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.
1650s, from bungle (v.).