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

  • n. A clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder.
  • 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.

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)



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