bungle

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbʌŋgəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbʌŋgəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bunggəl)

Inflections of 'bungle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
bungles
v 3rd person singular
bungling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
bungled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
bungled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bun•gle /ˈbʌŋgəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -gled, -gling, n. 
v. 
  1. to do clumsily, awkwardly, or badly;
    botch: [+ object]The electrician bungled the wiring job.[no object]If she keeps bungling, she'll lose the job.

n. [countable]
  1. a job or work that has been done clumsily:a complete bungle.
bun•gled, adj.: the bungled assassination attempt.
bun•gler, n. [countable]
bun•gling, n. [uncountable]equal amounts of bungling and stupidity.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bun•gle  (bunggəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -gled, -gling, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to do clumsily and awkwardly;
    botch:He bungled the job.

v.i. 
  1. to perform or work clumsily or inadequately:He is a fool who bungles consistently.

n. 
  1. a bungling performance.
  2. that which has been done clumsily or inadequately.
bungler, n. 
bungling•ly, adv. 
  • of uncertain origin, originally 1520–30
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mismanage, muddle, spoil, ruin;
      foul up.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bungle /ˈbʌŋɡəl/ vb
  1. (transitive) to spoil (an operation) through clumsiness, incompetence, etc; botch
n
  1. a clumsy or unsuccessful performance or piece of work; mistake; botch
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare dialect Swedish bangla to work without results

ˈbungler n ˈbungling adj , n
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