Definition of bungle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəNGɡəl/


[with object]
1Carry out (a task) clumsily or incompetently, leading to failure or an unsatisfactory outcome: she had bungled every attempt to help (as adjective bungled) a bungled bank raid
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  • First, while not unreasonable, the assumption that we would bungle the task of assigning rationality is speculative.
  • However, with a victory target of 226, Mon Repos bungled the task and finished at 105 for 8, to avoid a match defeat.
  • If I bungled this mission it would look horrible on my record.
mishandle, mismanage, mess up, spoil, ruin, blunder
informal botch, muff, fluff, make a hash of, foul up, screw up, flub, goof up
1.1 [no object] (usually as adjective bungling) Make or be prone to making many mistakes: the work of a bungling amateur
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  • It is all in the facts and figures, but, of course, she images somebody who is useless, inept, bungling, and ineffectual.
  • Now his not knowing the difference was what I should call bungling and very amateurish.
  • Crime-fighting in the early 18th century has tended to be written off as bungling and corrupt, but Sharpe makes the important revisionist point that the Gregory gang was brought down with exemplary speed and efficiency.


A mistake or failure, typically one resulting from mismanagement or confusion.
Example sentences
  • But a minister should also be prepared to accept blame and responsibility for the mistakes and bungles made.
  • But the mistakes and bungles didn't stop at the conclusion of the war to end all wars.
  • They need to be told that they will not become criminals because of the department's bungles and blunders.


Mid 16th century: of unknown origin; compare with bumble.

Words that rhyme with bungle

fungal, jungle

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Syllabification: bun·gle

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