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foozle

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noun foo·zle \ˈfü-zəl\

Definition of foozle

  1. :  an act of foozling; especially :  a bungling golf stroke



1890

First Known Use of foozle

1890

Rhymes with foozle


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foozle

verb foo·zle

Definition of foozle

foozledfoozling play \ˈfüz-liŋ, ˈfü-zə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to manage or play awkwardly :  bungle



Examples of foozle in a sentence

  1. <foozled the attempt to move the couch into the apartment and tore the fabric on the arms>



Did You Know?

Foozle dates only to the late 19th century, but its origins are obscure. The German dialect verb fuseln (to work carelessly) could figure in its history, but that speculation has never been proven. Not particularly common today, foozle still holds a special place in the hearts, minds, and vocabularies of many golfers. In golf, to foozle a shot is to bungle it and a foozle is a bungled shot. In a Century magazine piece from 1899 called Two Players and their Play, Beatrice Hanscom reveals more of golf's specialized vocabulary:

She tops her ball; then divots fly;
In bunkers long she stays;
She foozles all along the course
In most astounding ways:
In sooth, it is an eery thing
The way Priscilla plays."

Origin of foozle

perhaps from German dialect fuseln to work carelessly


First Known Use: 1888


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