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botch

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[ boch ]
/ bɒtʃ /
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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; bungle: He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.
a clumsily added part or patch.
a disorderly or confused combination.

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Origin of botch

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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 FROM botch

botch·er, nounbotch·er·y, noun

Definition for botch (2 of 2)

botch2
[ 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 boceboss2
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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 of botch

botcher, noun

Word Origin for botch

C14: of unknown origin
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