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foozle

noun foo·zle \ ˈfü-zəl \

Definition of foozle

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

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First Known Use of foozle

1890


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foozle

verb

Definition of foozle

foozled; foozling play \ˈfüz-liŋ, ˈfü-zə-\
transitive verb
: 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

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:

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 and Etymology of foozle

perhaps from German dialect fuseln to work carelessly



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