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bothy

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒθi
 
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(also bothie)

Definition of bothy in English:

noun (plural bothies)

(In Scotland) a small hut or cottage, especially one for housing farm labourers or for use as a mountain refuge.
Example sentences
  • In East Kilbride, some of these lived in bothies on the farms, but most were based in the PoW camp, and were easy to spot walking around town wearing their distinctive brown uniforms with yellow diamonds.
  • They'd bought a Victorian shooting lodge and I lodged in the bothy.
  • As a perplexed girl I pictured people in sleeping bags on the floors of large public rest rooms, before learning that Pop meant the bothies, shacks with no separate toilet where immigrant Irish laborers stayed.

Origin

late 18th century: obscurely related to Irish and Scottish Gaelic both, bothan, and perhaps to booth.

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