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Webster 1913 Edition


Botch

Botch

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Botches
.
[Same as Boss a stud. For senses 2 & 3 cf. D.
botsen
to beat, akin to E.
beat
.]
1.
A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil; an eruptive disease.
[Obs. or Dial.]
Botches
and blains must all his flesh emboss.
Milton.
2.
A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
3.
Work done in a bungling manner; a clumsy performance; a piece of work, or a place in work, marred in the doing, or not properly finished; a bungle.
To leave no rubs nor
botches
in the work.
Shakespeare

Botch

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Botched
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Botching
.]
[See
Botch
,
Noun.
]
1.
To mark with, or as with, botches.
Young Hylas,
botched
with stains.
Garth.
2.
To repair; to mend; esp. to patch in a clumsy or imperfect manner, as a garment; – sometimes with up.
Sick bodies . . . to be kept and
botched
up for a time.
Robynson (More’s Utopia).
3.
To put together unsuitably or unskillfully; to express or perform in a bungling manner; to bungle; to spoil or mar, as by unskillful work.
For treason
botched
in rhyme will be thy bane.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Botch

BOTCH

,
Noun.
[Eng.patch.]
1.
A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection.
Botches and blains must all his flesh imboss.
2.
A patch,or the part of a garment patched or mended in a
clumsy manner; ill-finished work in mending.
3.
That which resembles a botch; a part added clumsily; adventitious or ill-applied words.
If those words are not notorious botches, I am deceived.

Definition 2022


botch

botch

English

Verb

botch (third-person singular simple present botches, present participle botching, simple past and past participle botched)

  1. (transitive) To perform (a task) in an unacceptable or incompetent manner; to make a mess of something; to ruin; to bungle; to spoil; to destroy.
    A botched haircut seems to take forever to grow out.
  2. To do something without skill, without care, or clumsily.
  3. To repair or mend clumsily.

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Noun

botch (plural botches)

  1. An action, job, or task that has been performed very badly.
  2. A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
  3. A ruined, defective, or clumsy piece of work; mess; bungle.
    • Shakespeare
      To leave no rubs nor botches in the work.
  4. A mistake that is very stupid or embarrassing.
  5. A messy, disorderly or confusing combination; conglomeration; hodgepodge.
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Etymology 2

From Anglo-Norman boche, from Late Latin bocia (boss).

Noun

botch (plural botches)

  1. (obsolete) A tumour or other malignant swelling.
    • Milton
      Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss.
  2. A case or outbreak of boils or sores.
    • 1395, John Wycliffe, Bible, Job II:
      Therfor Sathan ȝede out fro the face of the Lord, and smoot Joob with a ful wickid botche fro the sole of the foot til to his top [...].
    • 1611, Bible (Authorized Version), Deuteronomy XXVIII:
      The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.