Addison was a bungler in talk, but every sentence from his pen was elegant.
He was no bungler to attempt other than the most gently delicate methods.
Truly the California Woodpecker is no idler or bungler, nor is he a free-booter, like the noisy, roystering Jay.
Be of good heart, therefore, for you shall not fall into the hands of a bungler.'
I have even feigned to believe you a bungler in order not to believe you a traitor and unfaithful to me.
The sloven becomes the bungler, and the bungler is on the high road to failure.
If a bungler tries and fails, let him be Anathema, Maranathema; but let not his failure deter from trial a genuine artist.
Idler or bungler, he is willing to fork out his penny and pocket your shilling.
Any projector can contrive new impositions; any bungler can add to the old.
Oh, what a fool I was to side with such a bungler as you against Mr. Levi.
1520s, origin obscure. OED suggests imitative; perhaps a mix of boggle and bumble, or more likely from a Scandinavian word akin to Swedish bangla "to work ineffectually," Old Swedish bunga "to strike" (cf. German Bengel "cudgel," also "rude fellow"). Related: Bungled; bungling.
1650s, from bungle (v.).