Definition of bodge in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɒdʒ/


[with object] British informal
Make or repair (something) badly or clumsily: the door was bodged together from old planks
More example sentences
  • I had to bodge it here and there, for example where screw holes didn't align properly, but the point is this: it works and it sounds great.
  • After about 30 minutes of desperately attempting to fix the tube and figure out some way of bodging the tyre, I gave up and called Heather.
  • It would have involved ripping out a bit of skirting board to give us another half-inch of room and then bodging the tracking so that it ran pretty close to the wall.


Mid 16th century: alteration of botch.

  • botch from Late Middle English:

    The first meaning of botch was simply ‘to repair’, with no implication of clumsiness or lack of skill. By the early 17th century it seems to have taken on its modern meaning, and Shakespeare's use of the noun in Macbeth (c.1603) makes this clear: ‘To leave no rubs nor botches in the Work.’ Bodge (mid 16th century) is the same word as botch, but always had the negative meaning. The origin of the word is unknown.

Words that rhyme with bodge

dodge, Hodge, lodge, splodge, stodge, wodge

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