AskDefine | Define bungling

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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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  1. incompetent or inept
    Harry made a bungling attempt to catch the ball.


  1. An act or acts of incompetence or ineptitude.
    Your bungling nearly cost us our jobs.


  1. present participle of bungle

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