: unsuccessful because of being poorly done : spoiled by mistakes
a botched attempt
a botched recipe
a botched medical procedure

Examples of botched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, mismanagement and botched policies have ruined the island’s agriculture, and hardliners in government have blocked further market reforms to expand an emergent private sector. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 And on March 10, a botched image of Middleton with her three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — released by Kensington Palace in celebration of Mother’s Day in Britain, left many to question her physical health and well-being. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2024 The botched and supposed Photoshop job by Kate has lit a fire under photo editors amateur to professional, leading them to call out the many recognizable issues with the photo. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2024 In 2022, Smith survived a botched attempt at execution by lethal injection, and in May of 2023, the Supreme Court denied an appeal by state officials to once again attempt to execute Smith via that method. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2024 In the very botched words of Paul McCartney: Let your portfolio be. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 20 Oct. 2023 To some involved in local politics, though, the botched effort underscored genuine pushback against the progressives who currently hold power in city government. Emma Platoff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2023 In the lawsuit, Yu claims Gascón’s botched prosecution led nearly half of Konnech’s clients to end their contracts with the company and cost him roughly $80 million. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Jones also infamously scored the game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots on a botched lateral on the final play. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of botched was in 1752

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“Botched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botched. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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