meaning of bungle

bungle meaning in General Dictionary

To make or mend clumsily to manage awkwardly to botch occasionally with up

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  • an awkward or uncomfortable overall performance a botch a gross blunder
  • to do something or work with a clumsy uncomfortable manner
  • make a mess of, destroy or destroy
  • spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
  • an awkward error
  • To act or operate in a clumsy, embarrassing fashion.
  • In order to make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; -- occasionally with up.
  • A clumsy or embarrassing overall performance; a botch; a gross blunder.

bungle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1520s, origin obscure. OED reveals imitative; possibly a variety of boggle and bumble, or higher likely from a Scandinavian term akin to Swedish bangla "to focus ineffectually," Old Swedish bunga "to strike" (associated with German Bengel "cudgel," additionally "rude fellow"). Related: Bungled; bungling.

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  • 1650s, from bungle (v.).

bungle meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To act or work with a clumsy, awkward manner.

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  • (v. t.) To create or mend clumsily; to handle awkwardly; to botch; -- often with up.
  • (letter.) A clumsy or uncomfortable performance; a botch; a gross blunder.