bothy

[both-ee, baw-thee]
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noun, plural both·ies. Scot.

a hut or small cottage.

Origin of bothy

1560–70; probably < Scots Gaelic bothan hut, with -y2 replacing -an
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Examples from the Web for bothy

Historical Examples of bothy

  • Here is a picture of a bothy of to-day that I visited recently.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • The bothy was but scantily furnished, though it consisted of two rooms.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • Four men and a boy inhabited this bothy, and the rain had driven them all indoors.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • These were all the property of this man, however, who did the reading for the bothy.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • Broth, too, may be made in the kitchen and sent down to the bothy.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie


British Dictionary definitions for bothy

bothy

noun plural bothies mainly Scot

a cottage or hut
(esp in NE Scotland) a farmworker's summer quarters
a mountain shelter

Word Origin for bothy

C18: perhaps related to booth
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