boot

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[ boot ]
/ but /

noun

Archaic. something given into the bargain.
Obsolete.
  1. advantage.
  2. remedy; relief; help.

verb (used with or without object)

Archaic. to be of profit, advantage, or avail (to): It boots thee not to complain.

Idioms for boot

    to boot, in addition; besides: We received an extra week's pay to boot.

Origin of boot

2
before 1000; Middle English bote, Old English bōt advantage; cognate with Dutch boete, German Busse, Old Norse bōt, Gothic bota; see bet1, better1
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British Dictionary definitions for to boot (1 of 2)

boot1
/ (buːt) /

noun

verb

See also boots

Word Origin for boot

C14 bote, from Old French, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for to boot (2 of 2)

boot2
/ (buːt) /

verb (usually impersonal)

archaic to be of advantage or use to (a person)what boots it to complain?

noun

obsolete an advantage
dialect something given in addition, esp to equalize an exchangea ten pound boot to settle the bargain
to boot as well; in additionit's cold and musty, and damp to boot

Word Origin for boot

Old English bōt compensation; related to Old Norse bōt remedy, Gothic bōta, Old High German buoza improvement
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Idioms and Phrases with to boot (1 of 2)

to boot

Besides, in addition. For example, It rained every day and it was cold to boot, or He said they'd lower the price of the car by $1,000 and throw in air conditioning to boot. This expression has nothing to do with footwear. Boot here is an archaic noun meaning “advantage,” and in the idiom has been broadened to include anything additional, good or bad. [c. a.d. 1000]

Idioms and Phrases with to boot (2 of 2)

boot

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