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[bawt-n] /ˈbɔt n/
adjective, Northern and North Midland U.S. Nonstandard.
Origin of boughten
First recorded in 1785-95; bought + -en3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for boughten
Historical Examples
  • "I could of boughten some candies," complained Microby Dandeline.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • And still more often as an adjective, as in "it was a boughten dress."

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • "Abuse and slander from that boughten sheet, the Alta--yes," retorted Sinton.

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman
  • They was boughten socks from Mrs. Carslake's shop of all sorts.

    The Torch and Other Tales

    Eden Phillpotts
  • I'll know better next hitch, for boughten wit is the best in a general way.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • Home-made toys have a greater value than boughten ones because there is as much fun making them as playing with them.

  • What do they use for yellow dye on the Porcupine quills—I mean before the boughten dyes came?

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • For the wee little girl make a nice rag doll; it will please her quite as well as a boughten one, and certainly last much longer.

  • My first 'boughten' jacket was an olive green broadcloth,—a remnant which was bought cheap because it was a remnant.

    Charles Carleton Coffin William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
  • Our collars were either home-made ginghams or "boughten" ones of paper at fifteen cents per box.

British Dictionary definitions for boughten


a dialect word for bought (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boughten

irregular past participle of buy; as an adjective from 1793, especially in colloquial U.S. usage, of clothing and other items, opposed to "made."

BOUGHTEN. Which is bought. This is a common word in the interior of New England and New York. It is applied to articles purchased from the shops, to distinguish them from similar articles of home manufacture. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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