Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

cot

Trigonometry.
1.
Can be confused
caught, court, cot.

cot1

[kot] /kɒt/
noun
1.
a light portable bed, especially one of canvas on a folding frame.
2.
British. a child's crib.
3.
a light bedstead.
4.
Nautical. a hammocklike bed stiffened by a suspended frame.
Origin of cot1
1625-1635
1625-35; < Hindi khāṭ < Prakrit khaṭṭā < Sanskrit khaṭvā; akin to Tamil kattil bedstead

cot2

[kot] /kɒt/
noun
1.
a small house; cottage; hut.
2.
a small place of shelter.
3.
a sheath or protective covering, as for an injured finger or toe.
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English cot (neuter; cf. cote1); cognate with Old Norse kot hut; akin to cubby, cove1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cot
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "You can sleep there," he said, pointing to a cot bed in the corner of the room.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • When Nurse had gone she would lie still in her cot, waiting.

  • After a moment he arose, took his lantern into his tent, and there spread his find on his cot.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Kingozi retired again to his cot; but for a long time he could not get to sleep.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The cot was placed on the floor, and he continued to dictate from it.

British Dictionary definitions for cot

cot1

/kɒt/
noun
1.
a child's boxlike bed, usually incorporating vertical bars
2.
a collapsible or portable bed
3.
a light bedstead
4.
(nautical) a hammock-like bed with a stiff frame
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi khāt bedstead, from Sanskrit khátvā, of Dravidian origin; related to Tamil kattil bedstead

cot2

/kɒt/
noun
1.
(literary or archaic) a small cottage
2.
Also called cote
  1. a small shelter, esp one for pigeons, sheep, etc
  2. (in combination): dovecot
3.
another name for fingerstall
Word Origin
Old English cot; related to Old Norse kot little hut, Middle Low German cot

cot3

/kɒt/
abbreviation
1.
cotangent

cot4

/kɒt/
verb cots, cotting, cotted
1.
(Midland English, dialect) to entangle or become entangled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for cot
n.1

"small bed," 1630s, from Hindi khat "couch, hammock," from Sanskrit khatva, probably from a Dravidian source (cf. Tamil kattil "bedstead").

n.2

"hut, cottage;" see cote.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
cot in Science
cot  
Abbreviation of cotangent
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cot

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cot

5
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for cot