Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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
  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin

Etymologies

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)
Unknown (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 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