- The definition of a botch is a sloppy, poorly done job.
A messy, sloppy and poorly done project is an example of a botch.
- Botch is defined as to make errors or do something in a clumsy, sloppy manner.
When you make careless errors in a home improvement project because you aren't paying attention, this is an example of a time when you botch the job.
- to repair or patch clumsily
- to spoil by poor work or poor performance; bungle
Origin: Middle English bocchen, to repair ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a badly patched place or part
- a bungled or unskillful piece of work
Origin: Middle English bocche ; from Anglo-Norman boche (OFr boce): see boss
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transitive verb botched, botch·ing, botch·es
- To ruin through clumsiness.
- To make or perform clumsily; bungle.
- To repair or mend clumsily.
- A ruined or defective piece of work: “I have made a miserable botch of this description” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
- A hodgepodge.
Origin: Middle English bocchen, to mend.
- botchˈer noun
- botchˈy adjective