bungle

Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, dropping something, tripping and falling: these are some classic bungles — and they’re always embarrassing.

Bungles are bummers, it’s true. Ever said something awkward in front of a grandparent or dropped a cake on someone’s lap? Those are bungles — accidents that make you blush. Bungle can also be used as a verb when someone acts like a fool or simply messes everything up, as in “The teacher bungled her lecture because she left her notes at home,” or “My bungling dad fell into the punch bowl. Again.”

Definitions of bungle
  1. verb
    make a mess of, destroy, or ruin
  2. verb
    spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
    “I bungled it!”
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    type of:
    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  3. noun
    an embarrassing mistake
    synonyms: bloomer, blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, flub, foul-up, pratfall
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    bobble
    the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball
    spectacle
    a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
    bull
    a serious and ludicrous blunder
    fumble, muff
    (sports) dropping the ball
    fluff
    a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
    faux pas, gaffe, gaucherie, slip, solecism
    a socially awkward or tactless act
    howler
    a glaring blunder
    clanger
    a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate
    misstep, stumble, trip, trip-up
    an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
    type of:
    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
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