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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.
  3. to mend or patch in a clumsy manner.
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  1. a clumsy or poor piece of work; mess; bungle: He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.
  2. a clumsily added part or patch.
  3. a disorderly or confused combination; conglomeration.
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Origin of botch

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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Related Words for botcher

bungler, schlemiel, bumbler

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Historical Examples of botcher

  • Mr. Botcher extracted himself from the nooks and crannies of his armchair.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • "I thought you took to the mountains in such cases, sir," said Mr. Botcher.

  • "They're a little mite bashful," said Mr. Botcher, apologetically.

  • "I guess Botcher and Bascom know their business," said Mr. Vane.

  • Bascom and Botcher are egging him on and making him believe he has.

British Dictionary definitions for botcher


verb (tr often foll by up)
  1. to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
  2. to repair badly or clumsily
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  1. Also called: botch-up a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))
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Derived Formsbotcher, noun

Word Origin for botch

C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for botcher



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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