- a device or piece of software that can execute commands, reply to messages, or perform routine tasks, as online searches, either automatically or with minimal human intervention (often used in combination): intelligent infobots; shopping bots that help consumers find the best prices.
Origin of bot1
- the larva of a botfly.
Origin of bot2
- a person who cadges; scrounger.
Origin of bot3
- Board of Trade.
Examples from the Web for bot
If a friend sends you a suspicious chat, ask them a question a bot would not be able to answer.Facebook Chat Gets Hijacked
February 17, 2011
Bot since he was punished for thee, thow shalt not be punished.
You loike it not, bot you tink it makes you look loike a man.The Red Man's Revenge
Bot, zere, you makes me chadderbox, and dakes op all my dime!
Bot, vorst of all, his vife vould veel no bity for his fate!
Bot my travell is, that boyth princes and subjectis obey God.
- the larva of a botfly, which typically develops inside the body of a horse, sheep, or man
- any similar larva
- NZ informal a mild illness in humans
- to scrounge or borrow
- (intr often foll by on) to scrounge (from); impose (on)
- a scrounger
- on the bot wanting to scroungehe's on the bot for a cigarette
- computing an autonomous computer program that performs time-consuming tasks, esp on the internet
- Board of Trade
Word Origin and History for bot
in Internet sense, c.2000, short for robot. Its modern use has curious affinities with earlier uses, e.g. "parasitical worm or maggot" (1520s), of unknown origin; and Australian-New Zealand slang "worthless, troublesome person" (World War I-era). The method of minting new slang by clipping the heads off words does not seem to be old or widespread in English. Examples (za from pizza, zels from pretzels, rents from parents) are American English student or teen slang and seem to date back no further than late 1960s.
- The parasitic larva of a botfly.
- bots A disease of mammals, especially cattle and horses, caused by infestation of the stomach or intestines with botfly larvae.
- A software program that imitates the behavior of a human, as by querying search engines or participating in chatroom discussions.