bungle (n.) Look up bungle at Dictionary.com
1650s, from bungle (v.).
bungle (v.) Look up bungle at Dictionary.com
1520s, origin obscure. OED suggests imitative; perhaps a mix of boggle and bumble, or more likely from a Scandinavian word akin to Swedish bangla "to work ineffectually," Old Swedish bunga "to strike" (related to German Bengel "cudgel," also "rude fellow"). Related: Bungled; bungling.