- 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 bungler
He was no bungler to attempt other than the most gently delicate methods.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Be of good heart, therefore, for you shall not fall into the hands of a bungler.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The sloven becomes the bungler, and the bungler is on the high road to failure.Rural Life and the Rural School
He did not want to run the risk of being shown up as a bungler.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
Idler or bungler, he is willing to fork out his penny and pocket your shilling.Pearls of Thought
Maturin M. Ballou
- (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 bungler
1530s, agent noun from 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.
1650s, from bungle (v.).