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v. bun·gled, bun·gling, bun·gles
To carry out badly or ruin through ineptitude; botch. See Synonyms at botch.
To work or act ineptly or inefficiently.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bungled - spoiled through incompetence or clumsiness; "a bungled job"
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"
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[ˈbʌŋgld] ADJ a bungled jobuna chapuza
a bungled operationuna operación mal ejecutada
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈbʌŋgld] adj it is a bungled jobè un lavoro raffazzonato
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
"The fool may have bungled it," Lady Carey said thoughtfully.
The hapless Transport Minister Chris Grayling has alone clocked up in excess of PS250m of wasted public money on failing private Probation companies and shipping firms without ships, and the hidden cost of the bungled Brexit negotiations has yet to come to light.
Most of the commentators said it is such an irony that after presiding over two bungled elections.
"It looks like a melted Barbara Cartland" Great British Bake-Off presenter Noel Fielding's on Alan Carr's bungled rainbow cake.
But it then emerged detectives had secretly been ordered to seize phone data from suspected whistleblowers who had allegedly given information about the bungled original case to the Sunday Mail.
He didn't say he knew he was misrepresenting the facts; rather he said he "bungled" the story.
They sell their unique wares at three shows a year in Austin, Telluride, their Bungled Jungle gallery in downtown Salida and an Arizona renaissance festival in Apache Junction.
Bungled quote: Iran has complained bitterly about "the Israeli media" distorting the words of Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif (photo) and reporting that he said Iran might recognize Israel after a peace agreement is signed with the Palestinians.
But despite the chaos, Mr Duncan Smith yesterday bizarrely compared his bungled welfare reforms to William Wilberforce's struggle to end slavery.
Following the bungled raid, Benjamin Chambers was jailed for six years yesterday after being convicted of attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery.
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Summary: Four men who murdered a couple in a bungled honour killing attempt have been sentenced to life in prison.