bottle

1
[ bot-l ]
/ ˈbɒt l /

noun

verb (used with object), bot·tled, bot·tling.

to put into or seal in a bottle: to bottle grape juice.
British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.

Verb Phrases

bottle up,
  1. to repress, control, or restrain: He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
  2. to enclose or entrap: Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.

Idioms

    hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.

Origin of bottle

1
1325–75; Middle English botel < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)teille < Medieval Latin butticula, equivalent to Late Latin butti(s) butt4 + -cula -cule1

Related forms

bot·tle·like, adjectivewell-bot·tled, adjective

Definition for bottle (2 of 2)

bottle

2
[ bot-l ]
/ ˈbɒt l /

noun Architecture.

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British Dictionary definitions for bottle (1 of 2)

bottle

1
/ (ˈbɒtəl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, butt 4

British Dictionary definitions for bottle (2 of 2)

bottle

2
/ (ˈbɒtəl) /

noun

dialect a bundle, esp of hay

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botel, from botte bundle, of Germanic origin
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Idioms and Phrases with bottle

bottle


In addition to the idiom beginning with bottle

  • bottle up

also see:

  • crack a bottle
  • hit the bottle
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