botch

1
[boch]

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.

Nearby words

  1. botanize,
  2. botany,
  3. botany bay,
  4. botany wool,
  5. botargo,
  6. botch-up,
  7. botchedly,
  8. botchy,
  9. bote,
  10. botel

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

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British Dictionary definitions for botcher

botch

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 Formsbotcher, noun

Word Origin for botch

C14: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for botcher

botch

v.

late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.

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