from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Obs. or Dial. To botch; to mend clumsily; to patch.
  • noun dialectic A botch; a patch.
  • intransitive verb See budge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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  • verb make a mess of, destroy or ruin


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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.



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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

  • The electrics have been seriously bodged and added to over the years and now they just look like a big ball of multicoloured string.
    Marie Browne, Narrow Margins (Mid-Glamorgan: Accent Press Ltd., 2009)

    November 3, 2015