- a booth, as at a bridge or the entrance to a toll road, where a toll is collected.
- Chiefly Scot. tolbooth.
Origin of tollbooth
- 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.
But I will give you the name of the man who used to go to the tollbooth on Sunday afternoons.
- a booth or kiosk at which a toll is collected
- mainly Scot a town hall
- a variant spelling of tollbooth
Word Origin and History for tollbooth
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