Definition of foozle
: an act of foozling; especially : a bungling golf stroke
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First Known Use of foozle
Examples of foozle in a Sentence
foozled the attempt to move the couch into the apartment and tore the fabric on the arms
What foozle Means to Golfers
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:
Origin and Etymology of foozle
perhaps from German dialect fuseln to work carelessly
First Known Use: 1888See Words from the same year
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