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botcher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n botcher someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Botcher A clumsy or careless workman; a bungler.
    • Botcher (Zoöl) A young salmon; a grilse.
    • Botcher One who mends or patches, esp. a tailor or cobbler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n botcher A mender; a repairer or patcher; specifically, a tailor who does repairing.
    • n botcher One who botches; a clumsy, bungling workman; a bungler.
    • n botcher The grilse: a local English name in the Severn valley.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Botcher one who botches
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From root of Boss.

Usage

In literature:

Rachel was a botcher and a bungler, a very cobbler, beside Anne Turner.
"She Stands Accused" by Victor MacClure
Mr. Botcher extracted himself from the nooks and crannies of his armchair.
"Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete" by Winston Churchill
When he walked listlessly into Carlisle it was through the Botcher-gate on the south.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
Patchers up of chapels, church cobblers, botchers and blunderers!
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Pigault, in a clumsy, botcherly fashion, made "outers" not infrequently.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Hawkins, Martin, and Botcher will try for quarter-back.
"Harper's Round Table, October 1, 1895" by Various
The botcher should have his hand hewn off that can tailor no better than this.
"The Adventurous Simplicissimus being the description of the Life of a Strange vagabond named Melchior Sternfels von Fuchshaim" by Hans Jacob Christoph von Grimmelshausen
But to prevent this botcher of a tailor spoiling it, I will make it myself with closed doors, so that no one sees me.
"The Mantle and Other Stories" by Nicholas Gogol
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