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bungle

[buhng-guh l]
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verb (used with object), bun·gled, bun·gling.
  1. to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch: He bungled the job.
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verb (used without object), bun·gled, bun·gling.
  1. to perform or work clumsily or inadequately: He is a fool who bungles consistently.
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noun
  1. a bungling performance.
  2. that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.
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Origin of bungle

First recorded in 1520–30; of uncertain origin
Related formsbun·gler, nounbun·gling·ly, adverbun·bun·gling, adjective

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1. mismanage, muddle, spoil, ruin; foul up.
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bungle

verb
  1. (tr) to spoil (an operation) through clumsiness, incompetence, etc; botch
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noun
  1. a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch
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Derived Formsbungler, nounbungling, adjective, noun

Word Origin

C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare dialect Swedish bangla to work without results
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Word Origin and History for bungling

n.

1660s, verbal noun from bungle (v.).

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adj.

1580s, past participle adjective from bungle (v.). Related: Bunglingly.

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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.

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bungle

n.

1650s, from bungle (v.).

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