[foo-zuh l]

verb (used with or without object), foo·zled, foo·zling.

to bungle; play clumsily: to foozle a stroke in golf; to foozle on the last hole.


act of foozling, especially a bad stroke in golf.

Origin of foozle

1825–35; perhaps < dialectal German fuseln to work badly, clumsily, hurriedly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for foozle

clod, lummox, bungler, schlep, klutz, dolt, duffer, clunker

Examples from the Web for foozle

Historical Examples of foozle

  • The almost certain consequence of this attitude is a foozle.

  • Therefore length was impossible, and a foozle was quite likely.

  • There are words like 'foozle' and 'tee-off' and 'schlaff' and 'baffy-iron' and 'Glenlivet.'

    Peeps at People

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • If I tried a trick out of turn, I might foozle and lose prestige.

    Hearts and Masks

    Harold MacGrath

  • I have not related the story more than five hundred times, so that you will excuse me if I foozle it in places.

British Dictionary definitions for foozle



to bungle (a shot)


a bungled shot
Derived Formsfoozler, noun

Word Origin for foozle

C19: perhaps from German dialect fuseln to do slipshod work
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