- to bungle; play clumsily: to foozle a stroke in golf; to foozle on the last hole.
- act of foozling, especially a bad stroke in golf.
Origin of foozle
1825–35; perhaps < dialectal German fuseln to work badly, clumsily, hurriedly
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Examples from the Web for foozle
Therefore length was impossible, and a foozle was quite likely.
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
I have not related the story more than five hundred times, so that you will excuse me if I foozle it in places.Tales of Secret Egypt
- to bungle (a shot)
- a bungled shot
C19: perhaps from German dialect fuseln to do slipshod work
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