verb (used with object), bun·gled, bun·gling.
verb (used without object), bun·gled, bun·gling.
- bungee cord,
- bungee jumping,
Origin of bungle
Examples from the Web for bungling
The problem for them is that this bungling incompetent already got more votes than the well-funded six-term incumbent did.
Of course, like any bungling seaman, he endangers the very charges in his hands—and I don't mean journalists.Bullying Israeli Government Flack Sparks Diplomatic Row—Among Other Concerns|Noga Tarnopolsky|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Microsoft has had notable successes building the Xbox business and not bungling the acquisition of Skype.Microsoft Memo Seeks to Reboot and Rebrand Company|William O’Connor|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The process is driven not by bungling bureaucrats or by sinister moneymen, but by the deepest force of all: geography.
But his bungling was still a welcome bonus for the Feds, allowing them to kill lots of birds with one stone.
But protestations availed not; and his head, the cleverest head in England, was pitiably hacked off by a bungling headsman.
He boasted and bungled, but out of his bungling came triumph.Pee-wee Harris on the Trail|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
He berated his bungling, fumbling, thoughtless notions and cursed himself for trying to help Penny by the "loco" means he'd used.The Lone Ranger Rides|Fran Striker
Mrs. Frankland's mind was too clever to be bungling, and too emotional and imaginative to be critical.The Faith Doctor|Edward Eggleston
It must, I think, have been some bungling on the part of the port authorities.Recollections of Calcutta for over Half a Century|Montague Massey
Word Origin for bungle
1660s, verbal noun from bungle (v.).
1580s, past participle adjective from bungle (v.). Related: Bunglingly.
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.).