botch

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bocchen (to mend), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Old English bōtettan (to improve; cure; remedy; repair), or from Middle Dutch botsen, butsen, boetsen (to repair; patch), related to beat.

Verb[edit]

botch (third-person singular simple present botches, present participle botching, simple past and past participle botched)

  1. (transitive) To perform (a task) in an unacceptable or incompetent manner; to make a mess of something
    A botched haircut seems to take forever to grow out.
    Synonyms: ruin, bungle, spoil, destroy
  2. To do something without skill, without care, or clumsily. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. To repair or mend clumsily.
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Noun[edit]

botch (plural botches)

  1. An action, job, or task that has been performed very badly; a ruined, defective, or clumsy piece of work. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 3, scene 1
      To leave no rubs nor botches in the work
  2. A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
  3. A mistake that is very stupid or embarrassing. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. A messy, disorderly or confusing combination; conglomeration; hodgepodge.
  5. (archaic) One who makes a mess of something; a bungler.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
      If it was the last word I ever spoke, Puddock, you're a good-natured—he's a gentleman, Sir—and it was all my own fault; he warned me, he did, again' swallyin' a dhrop of it—remember what I'm saying, doctor—'twas I that done it; I was always a botch, Puddock, an' a fool; and—and—gentlemen—good-bye.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English botche or Anglo-Norman boche, from Late Latin bocia (boss).

Noun[edit]

botch (plural botches)

  1. (obsolete) A tumour or other malignant swelling.
  2. A case or outbreak of boils or sores.