Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To manage clumsily; bungle.
  • n. The act of bungling, especially a poor stroke in golf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To do something clumsily or awkwardly; to bungle.
  • n. A fogey.
  • n. A mistaken shot in golf

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To bungle; to manage awkwardly; to treat or play unskillfully.
  • n. A stupid fellow; a fogy.
  • n. Act of foozling; a bungling stroke, as in golf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tedious person; a fogy.
  • n. In golf, a badly played stroke.
  • To bungle; make a moss of; do clumsily or bunglingly: as, to foozle a shot, in golf.

Etymologies

Perhaps from German dialectal fuseln, to work poorly or slowly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Too many recent sessions have ended with a "kill the foozle" as the solution, and Gini in particular said that it was nice to have an ending that could be resolved via diplomacy.

    Gamemastering Is An Art, Part VII: Catching Up

  • There are a frustrating number of mazes with "hunt the foozle" puzzles, wherein you have to find a switch that is wall-colored or walk through every tunnel until you find the one that actually goes somewhere.

    It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas Is Over....

  • In online gaming, all I get is a five minute run and another chance to kill the same foozle.

    Designing for the 'Bitch-goddess Success'

  • They want convenient, dependable foozle-bashing, and widget-gathering, nearly to the point of predetermined success.

    Where are the Heroes?

  • “Go whack the foozle” is the jist of many quests, combat proficiency is very much required to make it through some of the higher level areas, and bragging rights often center around how much damage you can do in a single strike.

    MMOG Nation » 2004 » July

  • Not only did he foozle his drive badly, but his face was worried, and his forehead creased in a big frown.

    Partners In Crime

  • But with Harleston's entry the affair assumed quite a different aspect; and it is no reflection on you, Marston, that your expedition to his apartment didn't succeed; though somewhat later Crenshaw did act as a semi-reasonable man, and secured the letter -- only to foozle again like an imbecile.

    The Cab of the Sleeping Horse

  • By this time Will had become quite expert, so that there was little danger of what Bluff, taking his cue from the golfers, would have called a "foozle."

    The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point or The Golden Cup Mystery

  • 'We can hardly be expected to foozle on purpose, just to let Archie show off before his girl.'

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

  • The ninth hole, like so many on our links, can be a perfectly simple four, although the rolling nature of the green makes bogey always a somewhat doubtful feat; but, on the other hand, if you foozle your drive, you can easily achieve double figures.

    The Clicking of Cuthbert

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