[bog-trot-er, bawg-]
  1. a person who lives or travels among bogs.
  2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a native or inhabitant of Ireland.

Origin of bogtrotter

First recorded in 1675–85; bog1 + trotter

Usage note

Historically this term refers to the lower class of Irish peasantry who roamed across the countryside, among the bogs of Ireland. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for bogtrotter


  1. a highly offensive term for an Irish person
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