One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Modifying a noun denoting a calling or profession: designating a person who has been unsuccessful in the specified calling or profession; failed.
2Of an undertaking, outcome, product, etc.: imperfect, bungled; unfinished.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Dougal Graham (d. 1779), poet and chapbook writer. Scots variant of sticked.
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