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  • n. The water in which a smith would quench items heated in a forge.
  • n. A four wheeled handcart used for transporting goods. Also a home made go-cart.
  • adj. insane or off the rails
  • v. To do a clumsy or inelegant job, usually as a temporary repair; patch up; repair, mend
  • v. To work green wood using traditional country methods; to perform the craft of a bodger.
  • n. A clumsy or inelegant job, usually a temporary repair; a patch, a repair

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A botch; a patch.
  • intransitive v. See budge.
  • transitive v. To botch; to mend clumsily; to patch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To boggle; botch; patch.
  • To budge; give way: used only in the passage cited.
  • n. A botch; a patch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin


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. (Wiktionary)
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  • Contranymic. In the UK, can mean to improvise, construct ad hoc.

    E.g. "we didn't have any batteries, so I bodged something together with a potato and a strip of zinc."

    And the meaning listed by Wordnet, similar to botch.

    March 28, 2009