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From Middle English bocchere, bochchare, equivalent to botch +‎ -er.


botcher (plural botchers)

  1. (obsolete) A person who mends things, especially such a cobbler or tailor.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night:
      Two faults, madonna, that drink and good counsel will amend: for give the dry fool drink, then is the fool not dry; bid the dishonest man mend himself: if he mend, he is no longer dishonest; if he cannot, let the botcher mend him.
  2. A clumsy or incompetent worker; a bungler.
    • 1874, The Quarterly Review, volume 137, page 388:
      Dilettanteism presupposes art as botchwork does handicraft; and the Dilettante holds the same relation to the artist that the botcher does to the craftsman.
  3. A young salmon; a grilse.

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