bungle

  • 1 Bungle — may refer to: * Bungle ( Rainbow ), a fictional children s television character * The Glass Cat, also called Bungle, a fictional character from the Land of Oz books * Mr. Bungle, an experimental rock/Avant garde metal band * Bungle Bungle Range… …

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  • 2 Bungle — Bun gle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bungled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bungling}.] [Prob. a diminutive from, akin to bang; cf. Prov. G. bungen to beat, bang, OSw. bunga. See {Bang}.] To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Bungle — Bun gle, v. t. To make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; sometimes with up. [1913 Webster] I always had an idea that it would be bungled. Byron. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Bungle — Bun gle, n. A clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder. [1913 Webster] Those errors and bungles which are committed. Cudworth. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 bungle — index fail (lose), miscue, misdoing, mismanage, mistake, muddle, spoil (impair) …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 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;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 bungle — vb *botch, fumble, muff, cobble Analogous words: *confuse, muddle, addle, befuddle: confuse, confound, *mistake: *disorder, disarrange, disorganize, derange: *entangle, enmesh …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 bungle — [v] blunder, mess up ball up*, boggle, botch, butcher*, drop the ball*, err, flub, foul up*, fudge*, fumble, goof up*, gum up*, louse up*, make a mess of, mar, mess up, miscalculate, mishandle, mismanage, muff*, ruin, screw up*, spoil; concept… …

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  • 9 bungle — ► VERB 1) perform (a task) clumsily or incompetently. 2) (bungling) prone to making mistakes. ► NOUN ▪ a mistake or failure. DERIVATIVES bungler noun. ORIGIN of unknown origin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 bungle — [buŋ′gəl] vt. bungled, bungling [< ? Swed bangla, to work ineffectually] to spoil by clumsy work or action; botch vi. to do or make things badly or clumsily n. 1. a bungling, or clumsy, act 2. a bungled piece of work bungler n. bunglingly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 bungle — I UK [ˈbʌŋɡ(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms bungle : present tense I/you/we/they bungle he/she/it bungles present participle bungling past tense bungled past participle bungled to spoil something by doing it very badly Police… …

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  • 12 bungle — [[t]bʌ̱ŋg(ə)l[/t]] bungles, bungling, bungled VERB If you bungle something, you fail to do it properly, because you make mistakes or are clumsy. [V n] Two prisoners bungled an escape bid after running either side of a lamp post while handcuffed.… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 bungle — verb (bungled; bungling) Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic banga to hammer Date: 1549 intransitive verb to act or work clumsily and awkwardly transitive verb mishandle, botch …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 bungle — 1. noun /ˈbʌŋɡl/ 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… …

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  • 15 bungle — v. to bungle completely (they completely bungled the job) * * * [ bʌŋg(ə)l] to bungle completely (they completely bungled the job) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 bungle — verb Bungle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑job …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 bungle — bun|gle [ˈbʌŋgəl] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language] to fail to do something properly, because you have made stupid mistakes used especially in news reports ▪ The whole police operation was bungled. >bungled… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 bungle — bun|gle1 [ bʌŋgl ] verb intransitive or transitive to spoil something by doing it very badly: Police totally bungled the investigation. ╾ bun|gler noun count ╾ bun|gling adjective bungle bun|gle 2 [ bʌŋgl ] noun count MAINLY BRITISH a situation… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 bungle — verb (T) to do something unsuccessfully, because you have made stupid or careless mistakes: The whole police operation was bungled. bungle noun (C) bungler noun (C) bungling noun (U) bungled adjective: a bungled rescue attempt …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 bungle — bungler, n. bunglingly, adv. /bung geuhl/, v., bungled, bungling, n. v.t. 1. to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch: He bungled the job. v.i. 2. to perform or work clumsily or inadequately: He is a fool who bungles consistently. n. 3. a bungling… …

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