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[foo-zuh l] /ˈfu zəl/
verb (used with or without object), foozled, foozling.
to bungle; play clumsily:
to foozle a stroke in golf; to foozle on the last hole.
act of foozling, especially a bad stroke in golf.
Origin of foozle
dialectal German
1825-35; perhaps < dialectal German fuseln to work badly, clumsily, hurriedly Unabridged
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  • Before applying for the job our young friend foozle would like to know whether he will be required to replace the divot.

  • Therefore length was impossible, and a foozle was quite likely.

  • Robert was the hope of the house of foozle; and it was fortunate his parents were satisfied with him, for few other people were.

  • I have not related the story more than five hundred times, so that you will excuse me if I foozle it in places.

  • He would be much more likely to fail and foozle, and then what a miserable golfer would he be!

  • The newspapers would denounce me as a treacherous liar—you fellows own or control or foozle them in one way and another.

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • There are words like 'foozle' and 'tee-off' and 'schlaff' and 'baffy-iron' and 'Glenlivet.'

    Peeps at People John Kendrick Bangs
  • The almost certain consequence of this attitude is a foozle.

  • If I tried a trick out of turn, I might foozle and lose prestige.

    Hearts and Masks Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for foozle


to bungle (a shot)
a bungled shot
Derived Forms
foozler, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from German dialect fuseln to do slipshod work
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Slang definitions & phrases for foozle



  1. An error; boner (1890s+)
  2. A conservative, out-of-date person, esp an old man; dodo, fogy (1855+)


To blunder; spoil by bungling; botch: I rather foozled my first attempt at acting (1890s+)

[Noun sense 2 is perhaps a humorous pronunciation of fossil]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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