bodge

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bocchen (to mend, patch up, repair), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Middle Dutch botsen, butsen, boetsen (to repair, patch) (Modern Dutch: botsen (to strike, beat, knock together)), related to Old High German bōzan (to beat), See beat; or perhaps from Old English bōtettan (to improve, repair), Old English bōtian (to get better). More at boot.

Verb[edit]

bodge (third-person singular simple present bodges, present participle bodging, simple past and past participle bodged)

  1. (UK) To do a clumsy or inelegant job, usually as a temporary repair; patch up; repair, mend
    • All the actions of his life are like so many things bodged in without any natural cadence or connexion at all. — (A book of characters, selected from the writings of Overbury, Earle, and Butler, Thomas Overbury and John Earle, 1865)
    • Some cars were neglected, others bodged to keep them running with inevitable consequences — (Original Porsche 356: The Restorer's Guide, Laurence Meredith, 2003)
    • Do not be satisfied with a bodged job, set yourself professional goals and standards — (The Restauration Handbook, Enric Roselló, 2007)
  2. To work green wood using traditional country methods; to perform the craft of a bodger.
    • 1978, John Geraint Jenkins, Traditional Country Craftsmen, page 16, ISBN 0710087268.
      His father, grandfather and countless generations before him had obtained a living from chair bodging in the solitude of the beech glades.
    • 1989, John Birchard, "The artful bodger", American Woodworker, page 41, May-June.
      "Bodging is more a curiosity than a valid craft these days," says Don. "But experience in low-tech woodworking is also a good way for the beginner to start getting a feel for turning without having to make a huge investment in a modern lathe."
    • 2000, Beth Robinson Bosk, The New Settler Interviews: Boogie at the Brink, ISBN 189013239X.
      Which is no different than my chair bodging, in that I can go out into the woodland and do my work without having to be tied in to a village shop situation.

Noun[edit]

bodge (plural bodges)

  1. A clumsy or inelegant job, usually a temporary repair; a patch, a repair
    • 2011 February 22, Cory Doctorow, “[1]”, BoingBoing, accessed on 2012-02-05:
      The simple tool above provides a low-tech bodge to help people locate missing friends and family in Christchurch following today's terrible earthquake.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown

Noun[edit]

bodge (plural bodges)

  1. (historical) The water in which a smith would quench items heated in a forge.
  2. (South East England) A four wheeled handcart used for transporting goods. Also a home made go-cart.

Adjective[edit]

bodge (comparative more bodge, superlative most bodge)

  1. (slang, Northern Ireland) insane or off the rails