- to spoil by poor work; bungle (often followed by up): He botched up the job thoroughly.
- to do or say in a bungling manner.
- to mend or patch in a clumsy manner.
- a clumsy or poor piece of work; mess; bungle: He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.
- a clumsily added part or patch.
- a disorderly or confused combination; conglomeration.
Origin of botch1
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Examples from the Web for botched
The result, Panetta says: botched U.S. policies from Syria to Iraq to Afghanistan.Obama’s Ex-CIA Chief Slams White House for ‘Hesitation and Half Steps’
October 3, 2014
That same day, despite tissues still damp from the aftermath of the botched audition, my life changed in a matter of two hours.Uzo Aduba: My Road to ‘Orange Is the New Black’
August 4, 2014
He had had it up to here (which, on Kim, is not all that far) with their botched forecasts.Kim Jong-un Wants a New Doppler 2000
June 14, 2014
Sandbags were attached to the corpses to make them sink but the disposal was botched.'In Cold Blood' in Ukraine
May 3, 2014
Botched executions have not been the particular plague of a handful of states or of a single inadequate technology.Lethal Injection Leads to the Most Botched Executions
Austin Sarat, Robert Henry Weaver, Heather Richard
April 30, 2014
The Fury of suicides who know they have botched up life for good.The Moon is Green
Fritz Reuter Leiber
My aunt rushed to the bureau, and there she saw the patched and botched wreck.
"It's botched," said Mr. Tooting, whose artistic soul was jarred.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and the impotent, are my masters?Anthem
I botched every single putt, and if I hadn't done that—— Hallo!'Pincher Martin, O.D.
H. Taprell Dorling
- to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
- to repair badly or clumsily
- Also called: botch-up a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))
Word Origin and History for botched
late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.