- a light portable bed, especially one of canvas on a folding frame.
- British. a child's crib.
- a light bedstead.
- Nautical. a hammocklike bed stiffened by a suspended frame.
Origin of cot1
- a small house; cottage; hut.
- a small place of shelter.
- a sheath or protective covering, as for an injured finger or toe.
Origin of cot2
Examples from the Web for cot
I stripped down to my gym shorts and stretched out on my cot.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
“I was at first on a cot, and then in a succession of accommodations,” he says.The Pastor Who Scandalized His Town
October 8, 2014
Apparently, Ryan tried bragging about how he sleeps in a cot in his office—to a nun.The World Would Go to Hell Without Nuns
September 4, 2014
Even as he sits and weeps alone on his cot, multiple personalities surround him.Madbeth: Alan Cumming Plays Almost Every Role in “Macbeth”
April 23, 2013
The Qari spent weeks sitting on his cot reciting in a sing-song chant the entire Quran.U.S. Must Show It Respects Quran and Its Importance to Afghans
Jere Van Dyk
February 28, 2012
"You can sleep there," he said, pointing to a cot bed in the corner of the room.Brave and Bold
When Nurse had gone she would lie still in her cot, waiting.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
After a moment he arose, took his lantern into his tent, and there spread his find on his cot.
Kingozi retired again to his cot; but for a long time he could not get to sleep.
The cot was placed on the floor, and he continued to dictate from it.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
- a child's boxlike bed, usually incorporating vertical bars
- a collapsible or portable bed
- a light bedstead
- nautical a hammock-like bed with a stiff frame
- literary, or archaic a small cottage
- Also called: cote
- a small shelter, esp one for pigeons, sheep, etc
- (in combination)dovecot
- another name for fingerstall
- Midland English dialect to entangle or become entangled
Word Origin and History for cot
"small bed," 1630s, from Hindi khat "couch, hammock," from Sanskrit khatva, probably from a Dravidian source (cf. Tamil kattil "bedstead").
"hut, cottage;" see cote.
- Abbreviation of cotangent