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[both-ee, baw-thee] /ˈbɒθ i, ˈbɔ θi/
noun, plural bothies. Scot.
a hut or small cottage.
Origin of bothy
1560-70; probably < Scots Gaelic bothan hut, with -y2 replacing -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And such was my experience of the bothy system in its first beginnings.

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

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • The bothy was but scantily furnished, though it consisted of two rooms.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • Broth, too, may be made in the kitchen and sent down to the bothy.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • But always, by all roads and bypaths, she would bring her back to the bothy of the Wild of Blairmore.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Meanwhile he and Julian Wemyss had added greatly to the comfort of the bothy.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • This, known as the bothy system, was formerly common in Aberdeenshire and other parts of northern Scotland.

  • And he indicated the ulterior of the bothy where the ex-spy was sleeping.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • It was Daniel Barnett, who had run up from the bothy; and Ellis hurried out to the door.

    A Life's Eclipse George Manville Fenn
  • The watcher's back was against the door of the bothy, the key of which was in his pocket.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for bothy


noun (mainly Scot) (pl) bothies
a cottage or hut
(esp in NE Scotland) a farmworker's summer quarters
a mountain shelter
Word Origin
C18: perhaps related to booth
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