or booch [bootch]
What does bootch mean?
Bootch is an alternative pronunciation or spelling of botch, butch, or bitch. It can also be an alternative form of booch, a slang word for “cocaine.”
Where does bootch come from?
The word bootch has been used since at least 1887 as a Scottish English way of saying and spelling botch, or “mess something up or bungle it.” The very long pronunciation of the vowels O and U in Scottish English has led its speakers to pronounce and sometimes write butch (slang for a woman with an appearance associated with traditional masculinity) as bootch.
Oh well NO WONDER he says it "bootch." Lol Us Scottish and our brogues. 😉
— Rhi (@Bastydragon01) November 15, 2018
Scottish accents aside, bootch is also a way to swear without swearing—like saying shut the front door instead of shut the fuck up. Similarly, bootch is a euphemism for bitch online since at least the 2000s, often used a term of endearment (cf. betch).
We love and appreciate you too bootch 💜
— Jessica (@pretzelthief) November 17, 2018
Finally, the word bootch is an alternative form for booch, a slang term for “cocaine.” It’s not clear where booch originated, but it is occasionally found in hip-hop. For example, on his hit August 2018 track “SICKO MODE,” Travis Scott raps: “Hit my eses, I need the bootch,” a reference to getting coke off of eses, or “Latinos.” Multiple sources root booch/bootch in New York, particularly Washington Heights, a predominantly Latino part of the city.
Examples of bootch
Who uses bootch?
The meaning of bootch depends on context. Scots, and apparently even some Latinos, are likely to use bootch as a dialectical rendering of butch or botch.
People in the hip-hop community, both artists and fans, are most likely referring to cocaine when they talk about getting some bootch. The Kanye West & Kid Cudi song, “Fire,” offers another example: “Sniffed a lil’ booch off the nail / Through with mixed-messages, through with the mail.”
People online often use bootch as a softer, less swear-y, and more affectionate version of bitch.
matthew says “i’ll scootch my bootch” and i say… “bootch, please”
— talmoody (@samnorm) November 26, 2017
Elsewhere in bootch-ery. Bootch is the name of an electronic dance music artist; it’s not clear what inspired the moniker. There is also a famed, one-of-a-kind 1929 Rolls-Royce car that has Bootch emblazoned on its grill. (It’s possible Bootch was the surname or nickname of the designer or first owner of the car.) And, for you fermentation fans out there, booch has also become an affectionate shortening of the beverage “kombucha.”
— Johnny Logan (@Dunsrunner) December 16, 2018
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