adjective Northern and North Midland U.S. Nonstandard.

Origin of boughten

First recorded in 1785–95; bought + -en3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boughten

Historical Examples of boughten

  • My first 'boughten' jacket was an olive green broadcloth,—a remnant which was bought cheap because it was a remnant.

    Charles Carleton Coffin

    William Elliot Griffis, D. D.

  • For the wee little girl make a nice rag doll; it will please her quite as well as a boughten one, and certainly last much longer.

  • Laddie and I have only got boughten bow-arrows, and the arrows don't fly very good.

  • It was evidently a "boughten" gift, then; the last had been a water pitcher, much needed in the household.

    The Blossoming Rod

    Mary Stewart Cutting

  • "I could of boughten some candies," complained Microby Dandeline.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

British Dictionary definitions for boughten



a dialect word for bought (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for boughten

irregular past participle of buy; as an adjective from 1793, especially in colloquial U.S. usage, of clothing and other items, opposed to "made."

BOUGHTEN. Which is bought. This is a common word in the interior of New England and New York. It is applied to articles purchased from the shops, to distinguish them from similar articles of home manufacture. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
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