blunder, blooper, bloomer, bungle, pratfall, foul-up, fuckup, flub, botch, boner, boo-booverb
an embarrassing mistake
botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck upverb
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
"I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
"I bungled it!"
A botched or incompetently handled situation.
1888 The Soudan bungle was born partly of sentimental loyalty and partly of the aforementioned jealousy existing between the colonies, and now at a time when the colonies should club closer together our Government is doing all they can to widen the breach by trying to pass a bill enabling New South Wales to monopolise the name Australia. Henry Lawson, "United Division".
To botch up, bumble or incompetently perform a task.
1853 His hand shakes, he is nervous, and it falls off. Would any one believe this? says he, catching it as it drops and looking round. I am so out of sorts that I bungle at an easy job like this! Charles Dickens, Bleak House, Chapter 49.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A botch; an awkwardness; an inaccuracy; a clumsy performance.
Etymology: from the verb.
Errours and bungles are committed, when the matter is inapt or contumacious. John Ray, on the Creation.
To botch; to manage clumsily; to conduct awkwardly.
Other devils, that suggest by-treasons
Do botch and bungle up damnation,
With patches, colours, and with forms being fetcht
From glist’ring semblances of piety. William Shakespeare, Henry V.
They make lame mischief, though they mean it well:
Their int’rest is not finely drawn, and hid,
But seams are coarsely bungled up, and seen. John Dryden, D. Seb.
To perform clumsily.
When men want light,
They make but bungling work. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.
Letters to me are not seldom opened, and then sealed in a bungling manner before they come to my hands. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.
to act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner
to make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; -- sometimes with up
a clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder
Bungle is a character in the British children's television series Rainbow. He is a large brown furry bear and is played by various actors, but chiefly Stanley Bates. An urban legend holds that one actor playing the role of Bungle was fired after swearing at a child who had deliberately stood on his foot during a live show, although long-time Rainbow contributor Malcolm Lord revealed that Bates chose to stand down before the live shows began in order to concentrate upon scriptwriting, giving Lord the opportunity to portray Bungle himself. The character of Bungle is inquisitive but also clumsy, and each show typically represents Bungle involved in a comic dispute with the other puppet characters, Zippy and George, with Geoffrey Hayes mediating. Bungle also appeared in an episode of Series 2 of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps when Jonny Keogh hired him and a bouncy castle with his £1,000 scratch card winnings.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bung′l, n. anything clumsily done: a gross blunder.—v.i. to act in a clumsy, awkward manner.—v.t. to make or mend clumsily: to manage awkwardly.—p.adj. Bung′led, done clumsily.—n. Bung′ler.—p.adj. Bung′ling, clumsy, awkward: unskilfully or ill done.—adv. Bung′lingly. [Ety. obscure; prob. onomatopœic; Prof. Skeat quotes a dial. Sw. bangla, to work ineffectually; Mr F. Hindes Groome suggests Gipsy bongo, left, awkward.]
The numerical value of bungle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of bungle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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