Definition of bungler in US English:



  • A person who habitually bungles things; an amateur.

    ‘the Los Angeles Times this morning called them bunglers’
    • ‘Contrary to the Hollywood stereotype, the Nazi armies were far from being filled with rigid bunglers.’
    • ‘My experience is that they are such bunglers that such an offer would be highly irrelevant.’
    • ‘These Brits are either bunglers, incompetent, mean-spirited, or they have no minds of their own.’
    • ‘But these are bad times for organised crime in America - its popularity is down, and the public are more likely to view perpetrators as laughable bunglers rather than coldly efficient professionals.’
    • ‘However, when the crowds arrived on Saturday morning the USGA looked like incompetent bunglers to the 10,000 or so of paying punters trying to get into the Bridge Gate.’
    blunderer, incompetent, amateur, bumbler, botcher, clown, hopeless case
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