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bungling


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bungle  \Bun"gle\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bungled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bungling}.]  [Prob.  a  diminutive  from  akin  to  bang;  cf 
  Prov.  G.  bungen  to  beat  bang,  OSw.  bunga.  See  {Bang}.] 
  To  act  or  work  in  a  clumsy,  awkward  manner. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bungling  \Bun"gling\,  a. 
  Unskillful;  awkward;  clumsy;  as  a  bungling  workman.  --Swift. 
 
  They  make  but  bungling  work  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bungling 
  adj  1:  showing  lack  of  skill  or  aptitude;  "a  bungling  workman"; 
  "did  a  clumsy  job";  "his  fumbling  attempt  to  put  up  a 
  shelf"  [syn:  {clumsy},  {fumbling},  {incompetent}] 
  2:  not  skillful  in  physical  movement  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  [syn:  {bumbling},  {butterfingered}, 
  {ham-fisted},  {ham-handed},  {handless},  {heavy-handed},  {left-handed}] 




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