bungler

bungle

[buhng-guhl]
verb (used with object), bungled, bungling.
1.
to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch: He bungled the job.
verb (used without object), bungled, bungling.
2.
to perform or work clumsily or inadequately: He is a fool who bungles consistently.
noun
3.
a bungling performance.
4.
that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.

Origin:
1520–30; of uncertain origin

bungler, noun
bunglingly, adverb
unbungling, adjective


1. mismanage, muddle, spoil, ruin; foul up.
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bungle (ˈbʌŋɡəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to spoil (an operation) through clumsiness, incompetence, etc; botch
 
n
2.  a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch
 
[C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare dialect Swedish bangla to work without results]
 
'bungler
 
n
 
'bungling
 
adj, —n

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bungle
1520s, origin obscure, perhaps a mix of boggle and bumble, or more likely from a Scandinavian word akin to Swed. bangla "to work ineffectually," from O.Swed. bunga "to strike" (cf. Ger. Bengel "cudgel," also "rude fellow"). Related: Bungled; bungler; bungling.
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