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Definitions for bungle
ˈbʌŋ gəlbun·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blunder, blooper, bloomer, bungle, pratfall, foul-up, fuckup, flub, botch, boner, boo-booverb

    an embarrassing mistake

  2. 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"

  3. bungleverb

    spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly

    "I bungled it!"


  1. bunglenoun

    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".

  2. bungleverb

    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

  1. Bunglenoun

    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.

  2. To Bungleverb

    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.

  3. To BUNGLEverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bungleverb

    to act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner

  2. Bungleverb

    to make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; -- sometimes with up

  3. Bunglenoun

    a clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder


  1. Bungle

    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

  1. Bungle

    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.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bungle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bungle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bungle in a Sentence

  1. Kate Bennett:

    If you bungle raising your children.

  2. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis:

    If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters.

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  • عمل غير متقنArabic
  • سرهم بندی کردنPersian
  • tyriä, hutiloidaFinnish
  • foirerFrench
  • портачить, напортачить, халтурить, схалтуритьRussian
  • fumla, klåpaSwedish

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