- The definition of a bungle is a mistake or failure.
A mistake in the inventory that is made because you are confused is an example of a bungle.
- Bungle is defined as to mess up a task, or to make careless errors.
When you miscount when doing inventory, this is an example of a time when you bungle.
Origin of bungle; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Swedish bangla, to work ineffectually
- a bungling, or clumsy, act
- a bungled piece of work
verbbun·gled, bun·gling, bun·gles
Origin of bunglePerhaps of Scandinavian origin.
- 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".
(third-person singular simple present bungles, present participle bungling, simple past and past participle bungled)
- To botch up, bumble or incompetently perform a task; to make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly.
- 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.
From Old Norse, akin to Swedish dialect bangla 'to work ineffectually', from Old Swedish bunga 'to strike'. Compare German Bengel 'cudgel; rude fellow', Middle High German bungen 'to hammer'.