See also: 'Bodge



Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bocchen (to mend, patch up, repair), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Middle Dutch botsen, butsen, boetsen (to repair, patch) (Dutch botsen (to strike, beat, knock together)), related to Old High German bōzan (to beat), See beat; or perhaps from Old English bōtettan (to improve, repair), Old English bōtian (to get better). More at boot.


bodge (third-person singular simple present bodges, present participle bodging, simple past and past participle bodged)

  1. (Britain) To do a clumsy or inelegant job, usually as a temporary repair; mend, patch up, repair.
    • All the actions of his life are like so many things bodged in without any natural cadence or connexion at all. — (A book of characters, selected from the writings of Overbury, Earle, and Butler, Thomas Overbury and John Earle, 1865)
    • Some cars were neglected, others bodged to keep them running with inevitable consequences — (Original Porsche 356: The Restorer's Guide, Laurence Meredith, 2003)
    • Do not be satisfied with a bodged job, set yourself professional goals and standards — (The Restoration Handbook, Enric Roselló, 2007)
  2. To work green wood using traditional country methods; to perform the craft of a bodger.
    • 1978, John Geraint Jenkins, Traditional Country Craftsmen, →ISBN, page 16:
      His father, grandfather and countless generations before him had obtained a living from chair bodging in the solitude of the beech glades.
    • 1989, John Birchard, "The artful bodger", American Woodworker, page 41, May-June.
      "Bodging is more a curiosity than a valid craft these days," says Don. "But experience in low-tech woodworking is also a good way for the beginner to start getting a feel for turning without having to make a huge investment in a modern lathe."
    • 2000, Beth Robinson Bosk, The New Settler Interviews: Boogie at the Brink, →ISBN.
      Which is no different than my chair bodging, in that I can go out into the woodland and do my work without having to be tied in to a village shop situation.


bodge (plural bodges)

  1. A clumsy or inelegant job, usually a temporary repair; a patch, a repair.
    • 2011 February 22, Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing[1], retrieved 2012-02-05:
      The simple tool above provides a low-tech bodge to help people locate missing friends and family in Christchurch following today's terrible earthquake.

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Etymology 2Edit



bodge (plural bodges)

  1. (historical) The water in which a smith would quench items heated in a forge.
  2. (South East England) A four-wheeled handcart used for transporting goods. Also, a homemade go-cart.


bodge (comparative more bodge, superlative most bodge)

  1. (slang, Northern Ireland) Insane, off the rails.