from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The grilse: a local English name in the Severn valley.
  • noun A mender; a repairer or patcher; specifically, a tailor who does repairing.
  • noun One who botches; a clumsy, bungling workman; a bungler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who mends or patches, esp. a tailor or cobbler.
  • noun A clumsy or careless workman; a bungler.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A young salmon; a grilse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A person who mends things, especially such a cobbler or tailor
  • noun A clumsy or incompetent worker; a bungler
  • noun A young salmon; a grilse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence


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  • Tailor or cobbler who mends and repairs.

    July 9, 2008

  • "When you speak best unto the purpose, it is not worth the wagging of your beards; and your beards deserve not so honourable a grave as to stuff a botcher's cushion or to be entombed in an ass's pack-saddle."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009