bungler


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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:
Noun1.bungler - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetencebungler - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
incompetent, incompetent person - someone who is not competent to take effective action

bungler

noun incompetent, blunderer, muddler, fumbler, botcher, duffer (informal), butterfingers (informal), lubber Why is this lying bungler still in the fire service?

bungler

noun
A clumsy person:
Slang: screwup.
Translations

bungler

[ˈbʌŋgləʳ] Nchapucero/a m/f

bungler

[ˈbʌŋglər] nbon(ne) à rien m

bungler

nNichtskönner m, → Stümper m

bungler

[ˈbʌŋgləʳ] npasticcione/a
References in classic literature ?
You were a fool and a bungler not to make sure of it.
I had done it with a heavy foot, and by this time was in a rage with both him and myself, but I always was a bungler, and, having adopted this means in a hurry, I could at the time see no other easy way out.
Lop-Ear, struggling with the second puppy, scowled at me and intimated by a variety of sounds the different kinds of a fool and a bungler that I was.
Lecoq was a miserable bungler," he said, in an angry voice; "he had only one thing to recommend him, and that was his energy.
As the immortal Alexis Soyer can make more delicious soup for a half-penny than an ignorant cook can concoct with pounds of vegetables and meat, so a skilful artist will make a few simple and pleasing phrases go farther than ever so much substantial benefit-stock in the hands of a mere bungler.
The Bank fleet pass good seamanship in silence; but a bungler is jeered all along the line.
I did try, but was presently swept off the stool and denominated "a little bungler.
She had once heard an enthusiastic musician, out of patience with a gifted bungler, declare that a fine voice is really an obstacle to singing properly; and it occurred to her that it might perhaps be equally true that a beautiful face is an obstacle to the acquisition of charming manners.
Am I such a farcical bungler, Watson, that I should erect an obvious dummy, and expect that some of the sharpest men in Europe would be deceived by it.
Reduced to itself, abandoned by the other arts, because human thought is abandoning it, it summons bunglers in place of artists.
Only a single antagonist could face him at a time upon the narrow stairway, he had the advantage of position and of the defensive, and he was a master of the sword while they were clumsy bunglers by comparison.