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bungle n : an embarrassing mistake [syn: blunder, blooper, bloomer, foul-up, fuckup, flub, botch, boner, boo-boo]


1 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" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]
2 spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly; "I bungled it!"

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Perhaps Old Norse


  • /ˈbʌŋgl/, /"bVNgl/


  1. 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 closer together our Government is doing all they can to widen the breach by trying to pass a bill enabling New South Wales to monopolise the name “Australia”. — Henry Lawson, "United Division".


  1. To botch up, bumble or incompetently perform a task.
    1853 His hand shakes, he is nervous, and it falls off. “Would any one believe this?” says he, catching it as it drops and looking round. “I am so out of sorts that I bungle at an easy job like this!” — Charles Dickens, Bleak House'', Chapter 49.

Extensive Definition

Bungle may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bad job, bat out, be all thumbs, bevue, blooper, blow, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, bobble, boggle, bollix, bonehead play, boner, boo-boo, botch, bugger, bull, bumble, butcher, clumsy performance, commit a gaffe, dash off, do anyhow, do by halves, do carelessly, do offhand, err, error, etourderie, fake up, faux pas, fiasco, flounder, flub, fluff, flunk, foozle, fuck up, fudge up, fumble, gaffe, gaucherie, goof, goof up, gum up, hash, indiscretion, jury-rig, knock off, knock out, knock together, lapse, lash up, louse up, lumber, make a blunder, make a misstep, mar, mess, mess up, miscue, mismanage, miss, miss the mark, misspeak, mistake, muck up, muddle, muff, murder, off day, patch, patch together, patch up, play havoc with, pound out, rough out, roughcast, roughhew, sad work, screw up, slap up, slip, slip up, snafu, solecism, spoil, stumble, stupidity, throw off, throw together, toss off, toss out, toss together, trifle with, trip, washout, whomp up
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