(third-person singular simple present bodges, present participle bodging, simple past and past participle bodged)
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.
- (historical) The water in which a smith would quench items heated in a forge.
- (South East England) A four wheeled handcart used for transporting goods. Also a home made go-cart.
(comparative more bodge, superlative most bodge)
- (slang, Northern Ireland) insane or off the rails