American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To work or act ineptly or inefficiently.
- v. To handle badly; botch. See Synonyms at botch.
- n. A clumsy or inept performance; a botch: made a bungle of the case due to inexperience.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To work or act in a clumsy, awkward, or blundering manner.
- To make or mend clumsily; botch; manage awkwardly or blunderingly; perform inefficiently.
- n. A clumsy performance; a piece of awkward work; a botch.
- n. A botched or incompetently handled situation.
- v. To botch up, bumble or incompetently perform a task.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner.
- v. To make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; -- sometimes with
- n. A clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder.
- v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
- v. spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
- n. an embarrassing mistake
- From Old Norse, akin to Swedish dialect bangla 'to work ineffectually', from Old Swedish bunga 'to strike'. Compare German Bengel 'cudgel; rude fellow', Middle High German bungen 'to hammer'. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Every bungle is followed by the same sorry litany.”
“(Troll prophylactic: yes, Mr. Tenet was a holdover from the Clinton administration, but the claim that it's all Bill Clinton's fault, along with everything else that the Bush administration has managed to bungle, is fatuous.”
“Opposition Leader John Robertson said the bungle was an "absolute disgrace" and the Premier should put interim contacts in place.”
“The bungle was the result of 'misunderstanding at multiple levels' about the machine's use.”
“Australian firm admits China name bungle in mega-deal miner Resourcehouse Tuesday admitted giving the wrong name for a”
“Australian firm admits China name bungle in mega-deal”
“Australian firm admits China name bungle in mega-deal miner Resourcehouse Tuesday admitted giving the wrong name for a metal consumer, will add to last year's record $32 billion spending on resource acquisitions as demand for iron ore,”
“Australia miner admits China name bungle in mega-deal”
“Civic authorities said the bungle was a clerical error and steps have been taken to issue the corrected certificate.”
“He said the bungle was the result of a clerical error.”
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