1

botch

play
noun \ˈbäch\

Definition of botch

  1. :  an inflammatory sore

Origin and Etymology of botch

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


2

botch

verb

Definition of botch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to foul up hopelessly —often used with up

  3. 2 :  to put together in a makeshift way

botcher

noun

Examples of botch in a Sentence

  1. The store botched the order—I received only half the books I paid for.

  2. They clearly botched the investigation.

Origin and Etymology of botch

Middle English bocchen


3

botch

noun

Definition of botch

  1. 1 :  something that is botched :  mess

  2. 2 :  patchwork, hodgepodge

botchy

play \ˈbä-chē\ adjective

First Known Use of botch

1648



BOTCH Defined for English Language Learners

botch

verb

Definition of botch for English Language Learners

  • : to do (something) badly : to ruin (something) because of carelessness or a lack of skill


BOTCH Defined for Kids

1

botch

play
verb \ˈbäch\

Definition of botch for Students

botched

;

botching

  1. :  to do clumsily and unskillfully :  bungle botch a job


2

botch

play
noun

Definition of botch for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

botch

play
noun \ˈbäch\

Medical Definition of botch

  1. :  an inflammatory sore



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up botch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!