verb (used with or without object), foo·zled, foo·zling.
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Origin of foozle
Words nearby foozle
What does foozle mean?
Where does foozle come from?
Foozle is recorded in the 19th century, possibly a German root meaning “to work badly or clumsily.” As a noun, foozle can mean “old fogy,” though the relationship between the two words is unclear.
Foozle has been used for bungling a golf stroke or a shot missed (foozled) since the 1890s. As The Complete Golfer critiqued a swing in 1905: “There was no power in this stroke, nothing to send the ball along. Therefore length was impossible, and a foozle was quite likely.”
Foozle as a word to describe a video game’s final boss, often unimaginative and rote in form, emerged at least by the 2000s. Games or missions featuring such bosses are sometimes called kill-the-foozles. This foozle may draw on the foozle in its “bungle” or “fogy” senses.
Kill Foozle means the goal of the game is to kill a Foozle (or "boss" in the idiom of arcade gamers) (this is a negative thing). Monty Haul means the dungeon master (or "game" in the idiom of gamers) hands out many magic items (much like Monty Hall, the host of Let's Make A Deal)
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How is foozle used in real life?
Foozle can be used in a few ways: as verbal adjective foozled (“bungled,” also slang for “drunk”), noun (e.g., That was quite the foozle!), and verb (e.g., Make sure you don’t foozle it.)
For most of the general population, foozle is a quaint, old-fashioned word and doesn’t get used much outside of video games or the golf course.
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Example sentences from the Web for foozle
Because I thought you were such a respectable, harmless old foozle that you'd never do anything to deserve it.The Brass Bottle|F. Anstey
If I tried a trick out of turn, I might foozle and lose prestige.Hearts and Masks|Harold MacGrath
Xuriel apparently did know his job, for the King's ball continued to be as foozle-proof as the Marshal's mashie.In Brief Authority|F. Anstey
He was a slow, putterin' kind of an ole foozle, but on the hull a putty decent citizen.David Harum|Edward Noyes Westcott
The newspapers would denounce me as a treacherous liar—you fellows own or control or foozle them in one way and another.The Deluge|David Graham Phillips