Definitions for: Botch


[n] an embarrassing mistake
[v] make a mess of, destroy or ruin



Webster (1913) Definition: Botch, n.; pl. Botches. [Same as Boss a stud. For
senses 2 & 3 cf. D. botsen to beat, akin to E. beat.]
1. A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a
boil; an eruptive disease. [Obs. or Dial.]

Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss.
--Milton.

2. A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended
in a clumsy manner.

3. Work done in a bungling manner; a clumsy performance; a
piece of work, or a place in work, marred in the doing, or
not properly finished; a bungle.

To leave no rubs nor botches in the work. --Shak.


Botch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Botched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Botching.] [See Botch, n.]
1. To mark with, or as with, botches.

Young Hylas, botched with stains. --Garth.

2. To repair; to mend; esp. to patch in a clumsy or imperfect
manner, as a garment; -- sometimes with up.

Sick bodies . . . to be kept and botched up for a
time. --Robynson
(More's
Utopia).

3. To put together unsuitably or unskillfully; to express or
perform in a bungling manner; to spoil or mar, as by
unskillful work.

For treason botched in rhyme will be thy bane.
--Dryden.

Synonyms: ball up, bloomer, blooper, blow, blunder, bobble, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, boner, boo-boo, botch up, bumble, bungle, bungle, flub, flub, fluff, foul up, foul-up, fuck up, fuckup, fumble, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil

See Also: bull, clanger, error, fail, fault, faux pas, fluff, fumble, gaffe, gaucherie, go wrong, howler, miscarry, misstep, mistake, muff, slip, snafu, solecism, spectacle, stumble, trip

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