- 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 bungled
What is known is that Peña Nieto bungled his response to the crisis.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Hope to find MH 370 was virtually destroyed by a month of bungled searching.The Worst Place in the World for MH370 to Go Missing
April 5, 2014
The pilots, poorly trained, bungled the hand over, and lost control.The Baseless Rush to Blame the Pilots of Flight 370
March 16, 2014
Not the bungled Obamacare rollout, the wavering red line in Syria, NSA surveillance scandal, or IRS controversy?After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around
December 26, 2013
Meanwhile Romney team had bungled what might later have been an actual real criticism of the president and his team.“Double Down”: 13 Must Read Moments from the New Book
November 7, 2013
The game was at an end, and I had bungled my part of it like any fool.Bardelys the Magnificent
You think that the bungled matter at Newlington's may have shaken it?Mistress Wilding
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.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
- (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 bungled
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.).