bungling


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bun·gle

 (bŭng′gəl)
v. bun·gled, bun·gling, bun·gles
v.tr.
To carry out badly or ruin through ineptitude; botch. See Synonyms at botch.
v.intr.
To work or act ineptly or inefficiently.
n.
A clumsy or inept performance; a botch: made a bungle of the case due to inexperience.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

bun′gler n.
bun′gling·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bungling - showing lack of skill or aptitude; "a bungling workman"; "did a clumsy job"; "his fumbling attempt to put up a shelf"
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"
2.bungling - lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands; "a bumbling mechanic"; "a bungling performance"; "ham-handed governmental interference"; "could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"

bungling

adjective incompetent, blundering, awkward, clumsy, inept, botching, cack-handed (informal), maladroit, ham-handed (informal), unskilful, ham-fisted (informal) a bungling burglar
Translations
hálfkák

bungling

[ˈbʌŋglɪŋ] ADJtorpe, desmañado

bungling

[ˈbʌŋgəlɪŋ] adjmaladroit(e)

bungling

adj personunfähig, trottelhaft, dusselig (inf); attemptstümperhaft; some bungling idiot has …irgendein Trottel hat … (inf)
nStümperei f, → Dusseligkeit f (inf)

bungling

[ˈbʌŋglɪŋ]
1. adjimbranato/a
2. nincompetenza
References in classic literature ?
There was no bungling, no brutality; nothing of which to be ashamed in the whole transaction, as I am sure you will agree.
But I am so far from desiring to exhibit such pictures to the public, that I would wish to draw a curtain over those that have been lately set forth in certain French novels; very bungling copies of which have been presented us here under the name of translations.
And when ordinary fellows like you and me attempt to cope with their idiosyncrasies the result is bungling.
He who is frequently successful, gains much applause and popularity; but the clumsy thief, who is detected in some bungling attempt, is scoffed at and despised, and sometimes severely punished.
The black had learned his lesson sufficiently well so that the motor was started without bungling and the machine was soon under way across the meadowland.
He was warm, and bungling of speech, and very happy, as he replied to her, and there was dancing in his mind, throughout the telephone conversation, the memory of Browning and of sickly Elizabeth Barrett.
Bungling McRae says he's known pal Big Eck since his testimonial.
The bungling banditti bureaucrats haven't even completed the transformation, and citizens, mostly the old, I should imagine,are feeling the "pinch".
BUNGLING burglars made such a meal of trying to cart o a heavy safe in broad daylight that witnesses thought they were trying to move a fence.
Their bungling inefficiency is only matched by their lack of concern for public safety.
BUNGLING Iain Duncan Smith spent PS1million a week drafting in private contractors and extra staff last year to rescue his benefits overhaul.
The rapists' victim was forced to relive her ordeal twice in court - due to a bungling interpreter.