To make or mend clumsily to manage awkwardly to botch occasionally with up
- 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.
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.
- 1650s, from bungle (v.).
(v. i.) To act or work with a clumsy, awkward manner.
- (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.