Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots A hut or small cottage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wooden hut or humble cot, esp. a rude hut or barrack for unmarried farm servants; a shepherd's or hunter's hut; a booth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small cottage; a hut.
  • n. A house for the accommodation of a number of workpeople in the employment of the same person or company.

Etymologies

Ultimately from Old Irish both, hut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. Perhaps compare Scottish Gaelic bothag, diminutive of both ("hut"); but the derivation is uncertain since th has been mute in Gaelic for several centuries. (Wiktionary)

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  • "None of these would be opportunities which would be bargain basement ones, but the estate also hosts an open bothy run by the Mountain Bothies Association, where the walker can overnight at not cost at all. The maintenance of such a facility is essential, so that people are not priced out of access to places like Alladale. One problem with the bothy is that till now, fallen timber has been used for fuel."
    - 'The Alladale Experiment', Ian Mitchell in The Scots Magazine, Jul 2004.

    February 7, 2008