bungle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bungle spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly "I bungled it!"
    • v bungle make a mess of, destroy or ruin "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out","the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
    • n bungle an embarrassing mistake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bungle A clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder. "Those errors and bungles which are committed."
    • v. i Bungle To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner.
    • v. t Bungle To make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; -- sometimes with up. "I always had an idea that it would be bungled ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bungle To work or act in a clumsy, awkward, or blundering manner.
    • bungle To make or mend clumsily; botch; manage awkwardly or blunderingly; perform inefficiently.
    • n bungle A clumsy performance; a piece of awkward work; a botch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bungle bung′l anything clumsily done: a gross blunder
    • v.i Bungle to act in a clumsy, awkward manner
    • v.t Bungle to make or mend clumsily: to manage awkwardly
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Quotations

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    “If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. a diminutive from, akin to bang,; cf. Prov. G. bungen, to beat, bang, OSw. bunga,. See Bang

Usage

In literature:

I've bungled the whole thing up.
"Tom Slade on Mystery Trail" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I'm bungling, I know, but I wish I could make you understand how I feel.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
Having entered it, he would not relinquish it because the first attempt had been bungled.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
It was a bungled business, from beginning to end.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
What a bungle it would be.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
It's rather a bungling thing I've done.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
And I've bungled it like this!
"August First" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
No one may say that I bungled.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Do you remember how they bungled about that woman's necklace?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Of course such a lack of standards proclaims the previous teaching to have been weak and bungling.
"The Recitation" by George Herbert Betts
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In poetry:

The beehives sleep; and round the walk,
The garden path, from stalk to stalk
The bungling beetle booms,
Where two soft shadows stand and talk
Among the blooms.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
The smile, the subtle Etruscan smile still lurking
Within the tombs,
Etruscan cypresses.
He laughs longest who laughs last;
Nay, Leonardo only bungled the pure Etruscan smile.
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
NORMAN. Trickster! The part you bungled
Was mere destruction, and you boast your power
Of raising from the dust a man's good name,
A woman's honour, and her faith in men;—
Things easy to betray as life, and hard
Almost as life to re-instate—
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer

In news:

Bungle Carry Stress In The Jaw Disco Volante.
Riverside County supervisors should not couple bungled policy with terrible timing.
Like the Christmas Day 'underwear bomber,' the Times Square bomber apparently bungled the job.
From Bungle Bungles to a Second World War wreck and pop-up bars.
And, even more, how a bungled arrangement between the US and Tongan governments basically left Priven a free man in January 1977, three months after he killed Gardner.
Crooks bungle job, damage materials.
Burglars who attempted to steal sheets of roof steel at a RAM Buildings work site along Highway 7 bungled the job, causing between $8,000 to $10,000 worth of damage Wednesday night.
Group bungles protest at ' Valkyrie ' premiere.
Records show a gun smuggling operation run by former town officials in Columbus, N.M. Had a direct link to targets of the bungled "Fast and Furious" operation run by federal officials in Arizona.
The MTA is horribly bungling its fix-it jobs, costing the agency big bucks while needlessly inconveniencing straphangers, according to a joint audit by the city and state comptrollers.
Conservative bungling of the F-35 file would make Monty Python blush .
Clumsy burglar bungles Germantown pharmacy break-in .
Britain's national broadcaster is in crisis over its bungled reporting of a child sex-abuse scandal.
LONDON — The boss of British security group G4S said Saturday he was sorry that his company had bungled the contract to help protect the 2012 Olympic.
Even the Best Can Bungle, and Then It Gets Exciting.
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