tollbooth

[ tohl-booth, -booth ]
/ ˈtoʊlˌbuθ, -ˌbuð /
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noun, plural toll·booths [tohl-booth z, -booths] /ˈtoʊlˌbuðz, -ˌbuθs/.

a booth, as at a bridge or the entrance to a toll road, where a toll is collected.
Chiefly Scot. tolbooth.

Nearby words

  1. toll road,
  2. toll thorough,
  3. toll traverse,
  4. toll-free,
  5. tollage,
  6. toller,
  7. toller, ernst,
  8. tollgate,
  9. tollgatherer,
  10. tollhouse

Origin of tollbooth

First recorded in 1300–50, tollbooth is from the Middle English word tolbothe. See toll1, booth

tolbooth

or toll·booth

[ tohl-booth, -booth ]
/ ˈtoʊlˌbuθ, -ˌbuð /

noun, plural tol·booths [tohl-booth z, -booths] /ˈtoʊlˌbuðz, -ˌbuθs/. Chiefly Scot.

a town jail.
a town hall or guild hall, especially a place where tolls are paid.

Origin of tolbooth

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at tollbooth

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Examples from the Web for tollbooth

  • But Willie went wrong—and from bad to worse; but now he is in the tollbooth at Aberdeen, as you have heard.

    Allison Bain|Margaret Murray Robertson
  • But I will give you the name of the man who used to go to the tollbooth on Sunday afternoons.

    Allison Bain|Margaret Murray Robertson


British Dictionary definitions for tollbooth

tollbooth

tolbooth

/ (ˈtəʊlˌbuːθ, -ˌbuːð, ˈtɒl-) /

noun

a booth or kiosk at which a toll is collected

tolbooth

/ (ˈtəʊlˌbuːθ, -ˌbuːð, ˈtɒl-) /

noun

mainly Scot a town hall
a variant spelling of tollbooth
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Word Origin and History for tollbooth

tollbooth

n.

early 14c., originally a tax collector's booth, from toll (n.) + booth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper