from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who bungles; a clumsy, awkward workman; one who performs without skill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A clumsy, awkward workman; one who bungles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence


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