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[both-ee, baw-thee]
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noun, plural both·ies. Scot.
  1. a hut or small cottage.

Origin of bothy

1560–70; probably < Scots Gaelic bothan hut, with -y2 replacing -an
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Examples from the Web for bothy

Historical Examples

  • Here is a picture of a bothy of to-day that I visited recently.

    Auld Licht Idylls</p>

    J. M. Barrie

  • The bothy was but scantily furnished, though it consisted of two rooms.

  • Of these some belonged to the bothy, while others were the private property of the tenants.

  • Four men and a boy inhabited this bothy, and the rain had driven them all indoors.

  • These were all the property of this man, however, who did the reading for the bothy.

British Dictionary definitions for bothy


noun plural bothies mainly Scot
  1. a cottage or hut
  2. (esp in NE Scotland) a farmworker's summer quarters
  3. a mountain shelter

Word Origin

C18: perhaps related to booth
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