Definition of Botch

1. Noun. An embarrassing mistake.

2. Verb. Make a mess of, destroy or ruin. "The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

Definition of Botch

1. n. A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil; an eruptive disease.

2. v. t. To mark with, or as with, botches.

Definition of Botch

1. Verb. (transitive) To perform (a task) in an unacceptable or incompetent manner; to make a mess of something; to ruin; to bungle; to spoil; to destroy. ¹

2. Verb. To do something without skill, without care, or clumsily. ¹

3. Noun. An action, job, or task that has been performed very badly. ¹

4. Noun. A ruined, defective, or clumsy piece of work; mess; bungle. ¹

5. Noun. A mistake that is very stupid or embarrassing. ¹

6. Noun. A messy, disorderly or confusing combination; conglomeration; hodgepodge. ¹

7. Noun. (obsolete) A tumour or other malignant swelling. ¹

8. Noun. A case or outbreak of boils or sores. ¹

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Definition of Botch

1. to bungle [v -ED, -ING, -ES] - See also: bungle

Medical Definition of Botch

1. Origin: Same as Boss a stud. For senses 2 & 3 cf. D. Botsen to beat, akin to E. Beat. 1. A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil; an eruptive disease. "Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss." (Milton) 2. A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner. 3. Work done in a bungling manner; a clumsy performance; a piece of work, or a place in work, marred in the doing, or not properly finished; a bungle. "To leave no rubs nor botches in the work." (Shak) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Botch

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1. The Various Writings of Cornelius Mathews by Cornelius Mathews (1863)
"botch. Why, sir, the Brisk party is going to use the belfry of the church to ... botch. Something must be done, sir ; I see clearly something must be done. ..."

2. The Bookman (1903)
"HUTCHINS HAPGOOD (KEITH botch) The Author o! the Unusual Novel, "The Forerunner," Reviewed In the December Bookman. ..."

3. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1843)
"botch. Why, Sir, ihe Brisk party is going to use the belfry of the church to ... botch. Something must be done, Sir; I see clearly something musl be done. ..."

4. The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and by Ralph Cudworth, Johann Lorenz Mosheim (1845)
"... that it would be but a botch in nature, if the defects thereof were every where to be supplied by miracle. diets in matter wan introduced into it by the ..."

5. The Readable Dictionary: Or, Topical and Synonymic Lexicon: Containing by John Williams (1860)
"AWKWARD, lacking skill in the use To BUNGLE wardly. to perform awk- To botch is, 1. To mend or patch with a needle or awl in an awkward manner. 2. ..."

6. The Lives of William McKinley and Garret A. Hobart, Republican Presidential by Henry Benajah Russell (1896)
"... Reduction — McKinley Shows up its Inconsistencies and Absurdities — Calls it the Invention of Indolence and the Mechanism of the botch Workman — " They ..."

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