- 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
1350–1400; Middle English bocchen to patch up; perhaps to be identified with bocchen to swell up, bulge (verbal derivative of bocche botch2), though sense development unclear
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1. ruin, mismanage; muff, butcher, flub.
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- 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))
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for botchery
late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.
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