botch

noun (1)
\ ˈbäch How to pronounce botch (audio) \

Definition of botch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an inflammatory sore

botch

verb
botched; botching; botches

Definition of botch (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to foul up hopelessly often used with up
2 : to put together in a makeshift way

botch

noun (2)

Definition of botch (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something that is botched : mess

Other Words from botch

Verb

botcher noun

Noun (2)

botchy \ ˈbä-​chē How to pronounce botch (audio) \ adjective

Examples of botch in a Sentence

Verb The store botched the order—I received only half the books I paid for. They clearly botched the investigation.

First Known Use of botch

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for botch

Noun (1)

Middle English boche, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *bottia boss

Verb

Middle English bocchen

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“Botch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botch. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for botch

botch

verb
\ ˈbäch How to pronounce botch (audio) \
botched; botching

Kids Definition of botch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to do clumsily and unskillfully : bungle botch a job

botch

noun

Kids Definition of botch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a badly done job He made a botch of it.

botch

noun
\ ˈbäch How to pronounce botch (audio) \

Medical Definition of botch

: an inflammatory sore

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