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English

Etymology

Perhaps Old Norse

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
bungle

Plural
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  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".

Verb

Infinitive
to bungle

Third person singular
bungl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to bungle (third-person singular simple present bungl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  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.

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