from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. awkward to move or use especially because of shape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bungling; clumsy.

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

  • adj. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape


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  • If the training of the bowels and bladder will replace the diapers with drawers, the baby will attempt to walk sooner than when encumbered with a bunglesome bunch of diaper between the thighs.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • The winters in Virginia, mild except for occasional freezes, with now and then snowfall during the three winter months, proved less arduous to the Englishmen than the two months of midsummer, when the mercury reaching into the nineties brought discomfort, especially since the men and women were clothed in the bunglesome garments, necessary in a cool zone frequently overhung with fog.

    Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century

  • The simplest orders and directions received from his troop's commander, he either forgot to perform or executed in such a bunglesome manner as to drive Lieutenant Perkins 'irritable nature to the verge of hysteria.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908.

  • These combined odours somewhat dispersed Dan’s gloom when he came back in squeaky Sunday shoes and a bunglesome cut-away coat.

    XVII. Book One: On Lovely Creek

  • The strips of gunny sacking which he had refused because they looked bunglesome he could see now were an immense protection against cold and wet.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • One of them appeared very awkward and bunglesome and his failure produced much merriment.

    The story of my life, or, More than a half century as I have lived it and seen it lived,

  • These combined odours somewhat dispersed Dan's gloom when he came back in squeaky Sunday shoes and a bunglesome cut-away coat.

    One of Ours

  • Another acquaintance of my morning saunter was the debonair Arkansas goldfinch, which has received its bunglesome name, not from the State of

    Birds of the Rockies


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