Nearby words

  1. bottleneck,
  2. bottlenose,
  3. bottlenose dolphin,
  4. bottler,
  5. bottlewasher,
  6. bottom bolt,
  7. bottom break,
  8. bottom dead centre,
  9. bottom dog,
  10. bottom drawer


Origin of bottom

before 1000; Middle English botme, Old English botm; akin to Old Norse botn, Dutch bodem, German Boden, Latin fundus, Greek pythmḗn, Sanskrit budhná

Related formsun·bot·tom, verb (used with object)un·der·bot·tom, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bottoming

British Dictionary definitions for bottoming


/ (ˈbɒtəmɪŋ) /


the lowest level of foundation material for a road or other structure


/ (ˈbɒtəm) /


adjective (prenominal)


See also bottom out

Word Origin for bottom

Old English botm; related to Old Norse botn, Old High German bodam, Latin fundus, Greek puthmēn

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Word Origin and History for bottoming
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Idioms and Phrases with bottoming


In addition to the idioms beginning with bottom

  • bottom drops out, the
  • bottom line
  • bottom of the barrel
  • bottom of the ladder
  • bottom out

also see:

  • at bottom
  • from head to toe (top to bottom)
  • from the bottom of one's heart
  • get to the bottom
  • hit (touch) bottom
  • knock the bottom out of
  • rock bottom
  • touch bottom
  • you bet your ass (bottom dollar)
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