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bungle

[buhng-guh l] /ˈbʌŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), bungled, bungling.
1.
to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch:
He bungled the job.
verb (used without object), bungled, bungling.
2.
to perform or work clumsily or inadequately:
He is a fool who bungles consistently.
noun
3.
a bungling performance.
4.
that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.
Origin of bungle
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; of uncertain origin
Related forms
bungler, noun
bunglingly, adverb
unbungling, adjective
Synonyms
1. mismanage, muddle, spoil, ruin; foul up.
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  • The game was at an end, and I had bungled my part of it like any fool.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • You think that the bungled matter at Newlington's may have shaken it?

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • I meant what I said, but I was carried out of myself--clumsy--bungled my meaning.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Domiloff, you seem to have bungled everything you have touched lately.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • At some point, my good Dalny, you must have bungled the affair.

British Dictionary definitions for bungled

bungle

/ˈbʌŋɡəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to spoil (an operation) through clumsiness, incompetence, etc; botch
noun
2.
a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch
Derived Forms
bungler, noun
bungling, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare dialect Swedish bangla to work without results
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Word Origin and History for bungled

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.

bungle

n.

1650s, from bungle (v.).

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