from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To work or act ineptly or inefficiently.
- transitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A botched or incompetently handled situation.
- v. To botch up, bumble or incompetently perform a task.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner.
- transitive v. To make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; -- sometimes with up.
- n. A clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
- v. spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
- n. an embarrassing mistake
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)