boot

1
[ boot ]
/ but /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Computers. to start a computer or program, or be started in this way (often followed by up): My laptop won't boot and shows a blank screen.

Idioms

Origin of boot

1
1275–1325; Middle English bote < Anglo-French, Old French; of uncertain origin

Definition for boot (2 of 3)

boot

2
[ boot ]
/ but /

noun

Archaic. something given into the bargain.
Obsolete.
  1. advantage.
  2. remedy; relief; help.

verb (used with or without object)

Archaic. to be of profit, advantage, or avail (to): It boots thee not to complain.

Origin of boot

2
before 1000; Middle English bote, Old English bōt advantage; cognate with Dutch boete, German Busse, Old Norse bōt, Gothic bota; see bet1, better1

Definition for boot (3 of 3)

boot

3
[ boot ]
/ but /

noun Archaic.

booty; spoil; plunder.

Origin of boot

3
1585–95; special use of boot2 by association with booty1
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British Dictionary definitions for boot (1 of 2)

boot

1
/ (buːt) /

noun

verb

See also boots

Word Origin for boot

C14 bote, from Old French, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for boot (2 of 2)

boot

2
/ (buːt) /

verb (usually impersonal)

archaic to be of advantage or use to (a person)what boots it to complain?

noun

obsolete an advantage
dialect something given in addition, esp to equalize an exchangea ten pound boot to settle the bargain
to boot as well; in additionit's cold and musty, and damp to boot

Word Origin for boot

Old English bōt compensation; related to Old Norse bōt remedy, Gothic bōta, Old High German buoza improvement
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Idioms and Phrases with boot

boot


In addition to the idioms beginning with boot

  • boot out
  • boot up

also see:

  • die with one's boots on
  • get the ax (boot)
  • kick (boot) out
  • lick someone's boots
  • pull oneself up (by the bootstraps)
  • quake in one's boots
  • to boot
  • too big for one's breeches (boots)
  • you can bet your ass (boots)

Also see undershoe.

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