- 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 of botchMiddle English bocchen, to repair from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a badly patched place or part
- a bungled or unskillful piece of work
Origin of botchMiddle English bocche from Anglo-Norman boche (OFr boce): see boss
transitive verbbotched, botch·ing, botch·es
- To perform poorly or ruin through clumsiness or ineptitude: botch a tennis shot; botch a rebellion.
- To repair or mend clumsily or ineptly.
- A ruined or defective piece of work: “I have made a miserable botch of this description” ( Nathaniel Hawthorne )
- A hodgepodge.
Origin of botchMiddle English bocchen to mend
(third-person singular simple present botches, present participle botching, simple past and past participle botched)
- An action, job, or task that has been performed very badly.
- A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
- A ruined, defective, or clumsy piece of work; mess; bungle.
- A mistake that is very stupid or embarrassing.
- A messy, disorderly or confusing combination; conglomeration; hodgepodge.
Middle English bocchen (“to mend”), of uncertain origin.