[ boch ]
See synonyms for: botchbotchedbotcher on

verb (used with object)
  1. to spoil by poor work; bungle (often followed by up): He botched up the job thoroughly.

  2. to do or say in a bungling manner.

  1. to mend or patch in a clumsy manner.

  1. a clumsy or poor piece of work; bungle: He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.

  2. a clumsily added part or patch.

  1. a disorderly or confused combination.

Origin of botch

First recorded in 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

Other words for botch

Other words from botch

  • botch·er, noun
  • botch·er·y, noun

Words Nearby botch

Other definitions for botch (2 of 2)

[ boch ]

  1. a swelling on the skin; a boil.

  2. an eruptive disease.

Origin of botch

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English bocche, botch(e), from Old North French boche, dialectal variant of Old French, Middle French boce boss2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use botch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for botch


/ (bɒtʃ) /

verb(tr often foll by up)
  1. to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude

  2. to repair badly or clumsily

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

Origin of botch

C14: of unknown origin

Derived forms of botch

  • botcher, noun

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