from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ruin through clumsiness.
- transitive v. To make or perform clumsily; bungle.
- transitive v. To repair or mend clumsily.
- n. A ruined or defective piece of work: "I have made a miserable botch of this description” ( Nathaniel Hawthorne).
- n. A hodgepodge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To perform (a task) in an unacceptable or incompetent manner; to make a mess of something; to ruin; to bungle; to spoil; to destroy.
- v. To do something without skill, without care, or clumsily.
- n. An action, job, or task that has been performed very badly.
- n. A ruined, defective, or clumsy piece of work; mess; bungle.
- n. A mistake that is very stupid or embarrassing.
- n. A messy, disorderly or confusing combination; conglomeration; hodgepodge.
- n. A tumour or other malignant swelling.
- n. A case or outbreak of boils or sores.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil; an eruptive disease.
- n. A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To mark with, or as with, botches.
- transitive v. To repair; to mend; esp. to patch in a clumsy or imperfect manner, as a garment; -- sometimes with up.
- transitive v. To put together unsuitably or unskillfully; to express or perform in a bungling manner; to bungle; to spoil or mar, as by unskillful work.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil.
- To mark with botches.
- To mend or patch in a clumsy manner, as a garment: often used figuratively.
- To put together unsuitably or unskilfully; perform, express, etc., in a bungling manner; hence, to spoil by unskilful work; bungle.
- To mend or patch things in an unskilful manner; be a bungler or botcher.
- n. A bungled or ill-finished part; a flaw; a blemish.
- n. A patch, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
- n. That which is botched; ill-finished or bungled work generally.
- n. A bungling, unskilful workman or operator of any kind; a botcher.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an embarrassing mistake
- v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
Middle English bocchen, to mend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English bocchen ("to mend"), of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman boche, from Late Latin bocia ("boss"). (Wiktionary)