- 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
Here is a picture of a bothy of to-day that I visited recently.
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.
- a cottage or hut
- (esp in NE Scotland) a farmworker's summer quarters
- a mountain shelter
C18: perhaps related to booth
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