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  1. Australian informal worthless or second-rate
  2. a labourer who traditionally lived and worked in the forest, making chairs from felling trees
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Word Origin

C20: from bodge
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Examples from the Web for bodger

Historical Examples

  • Now such a carriage—there is a print of it by Bodger—was, of course, little more than a freak.

    Carriages & Coaches

    Ralph Straus

  • A bodger was probably a (tax) collector in his bodge or budget, before he was a buyer and seller.

    Elizabethan England

    William Harrison

  • Mr. Bodger has the second; it is of beautiful design, but dilapidated.

  • This is the sin of the usurer, the bodger, and the tyrannous landlord, and of this bad trinity the last is the worst.

  • The bullet had perforated a large circular orifice in Honble Bodger's hat, who, by this time, had returned to self-consciousness!

    A Bayard From Bengal

    Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee