botch

1
[ boch ]
/ bɒtʃ /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

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 botch

1
1350–1400; Middle English bocchen to patch up; perhaps to be identified with bocchen to swell up, bulge (verbal derivative of bocche botch2), though sense development unclear

Related forms

botch·ed·ly [boch-id-lee] /ˈbɒtʃ ɪd li/, adverbbotch·er, nounbotch·er·y, noun

Definition for botch (2 of 2)

botch

2
[ boch ]
/ bɒtʃ /

noun

a swelling on the skin; a boil.
an eruptive disease.

Origin of botch

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1350–1400; Middle English bocche < Old French boche, dialectal variant of boce boss2
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British Dictionary definitions for botch

botch

/ (bɒtʃ) /

verb (tr often foll by up)

to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
to repair badly or clumsily

noun

Also called: botch-up a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))

Derived Forms

botcher, noun

Word Origin for botch

C14: of unknown origin
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