bollix

or bol·ix, bol·lox

[ bol-iks ]
/ ˈbɒl ɪks /

verb (used with object) Informal.

to do (something) badly; bungle (often followed by up): His interference bollixed up the whole deal.

noun

a confused bungle.

Nearby words

  1. bollandists,
  2. bollandus,
  3. bollard,
  4. bollinger body,
  5. bollito misto,
  6. bollock,
  7. bollocking,
  8. bollocks,
  9. bollworm,
  10. bollywood

Origin of bollix

First recorded in 1930–35; variant of ballocks

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Word Origin and History for bollox

bollix

v.

"bungle," respelling (perhaps euphemistic) of bollocks, plural of bollock "testicle," from Old English beallucas "testicles," from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to inflate, swell" (see bole). Related: Bollixed; bollixing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper