[ 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.

verb (used without object),bun·gled, bun·gling.
  1. to perform or work clumsily or inadequately: He is a fool who bungles consistently.

  1. a bungling performance.

  2. that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.

Origin of bungle

First recorded in 1520–30; of uncertain origin

Other words for bungle

Other words from bungle

  • bungler, noun
  • bun·gling·ly, adverb
  • un·bun·gling, adjective

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How to use bungle in a sentence

  • Miserable bungler that I am, I have been trying to make matters better, and I have made them a thousand times worse!

    Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • A profound and sure affection, which I was foolish enough to allow to be lost to me, like the bungler I am.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • You will confer a great favor on me, for I am still rather a bungler in business, and but for you I should often be embarrassed.

  • Whereas the bungler is probably far more deranged than the man who does the job properly.

    The Angel of Pain | E. F. Benson
  • And the words were no sooner out of his mouth than Richard cursed himself for a bungler, and a slightly vulgar one at that.

British Dictionary definitions for bungle


/ (ˈbʌŋɡəl) /

  1. (tr) to spoil (an operation) through clumsiness, incompetence, etc; botch

  1. a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch

Origin of bungle

C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare dialect Swedish bangla to work without results

Derived forms of bungle

  • bungler, noun
  • bungling, adjective, noun

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