Bungling Bun"gling, a. Unskillful; awkward; clumsy; as, a bungling workman. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

They make but bungling work. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • bungling — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. clumsy, unskillful, inept; see awkward 1 , incompetent . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. inept, incompetent, clumsy, blundering, maladroit. ANT.: adroit, nimble, able …   English dictionary for students

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