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bungle

[ buhng-guhl ]
/ ˈbʌŋ gəl /
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verb (used with object), bun·gled, bun·gling.

to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch: He bungled the job.

verb (used without object), bun·gled, bun·gling.

to perform or work clumsily or inadequately: He is a fool who bungles consistently.

noun

a bungling performance.
that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.

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Origin of bungle

First recorded in 1520–30; of uncertain origin
SYNONYMS FOR bungle
1 mismanage, muddle, spoil, ruin; foul up.
Related formsbun·gler, nounbun·gling·ly, adverbun·bun·gling, adjective
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bungle

/ (ˈbʌŋɡəl) /

verb

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

noun

a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch
Derived Formsbungler, nounbungling, adjective, noun

Word Origin for bungle

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