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foozle

[foo-zuh l]
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verb (used with or without object), foo·zled, foo·zling.
  1. to bungle; play clumsily: to foozle a stroke in golf; to foozle on the last hole.
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noun
  1. act of foozling, especially a bad stroke in golf.
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Origin of foozle

1825–35; perhaps < dialectal German fuseln to work badly, clumsily, hurriedly
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Examples from the Web for foozle

Historical Examples

  • Therefore length was impossible, and a foozle was quite likely.

    The Complete Golfer [1905]

    Harry Vardon

  • The almost certain consequence of this attitude is a foozle.

  • There are words like 'foozle' and 'tee-off' and 'schlaff' and 'baffy-iron' and 'Glenlivet.'

    Peeps at People

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • If I tried a trick out of turn, I might foozle and lose prestige.

    Hearts and Masks

    Harold MacGrath

  • I have not related the story more than five hundred times, so that you will excuse me if I foozle it in places.


British Dictionary definitions for foozle

foozle

verb
  1. to bungle (a shot)
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noun
  1. a bungled shot
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Derived Formsfoozler, noun

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from German dialect fuseln to do slipshod work
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