- 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 botching
Republicans are perfectly capable of botching races, and with the Senate, Democrats lose in 2014, they gain it in 2016.The Looming Political Game Changers
July 16, 2014
The man behind the new ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ movies is mixing genres, botching continuity, and ignoring solid science.Is J.J. Abrams Lost in Space?
May 19, 2013
Yang was a terrible leader whose biggest accomplishment was botching a $48.5 billion buyout offer from Microsoft.The Paris Hilton of Tech
October 25, 2011
Rep. Charlie Wilson needs a bailout of his own—from Barney Frank, no less—after botching a question for the entire panel.CEO Smackdown!
The Daily Beast Video
February 11, 2009
The next day she had many things to do and succeeded in botching most of them.The Paliser case
While he is trotting after his patients, she sits there botching socks.Madame Bovary
She was too tired of botching to tell him he was wasting time.Free Air
As he did it, he saw he was botching it just like everything else.The Happy Unfortunate
I found her with her mother, rosary in hand, while her noble father was botching old boots.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- 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 botching
late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.