[ bawt-n ]

adjectiveNonstandard: Northern and North Midland U.S.

Origin of boughten

First recorded in 1785–95; bought + -en3

Words Nearby boughten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use boughten in a sentence

  • What do they use for yellow dye on the Porcupine quills—I mean before the boughten dyes came?

    Two Little Savages | Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Shure, Yahn, they jest goes to the store an' gets boughten dyes in packages like we do.

    Two Little Savages | Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Our collars were either home-made ginghams or "boughten" ones of paper at fifteen cents per box.

  • I had a "boughten" shirt also, two boxes of paper cuffs, and two new ties, a black one for every day and a white one for Sunday.

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

British Dictionary definitions for boughten


/ (ˈbɔːtən) /

  1. a dialect word for bought (def. 2)

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