American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Scots A hut or small cottage.
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. More especially, a kind of barrack in connection with a large farm, where the unmarried outdoor servants and laborers are lodged.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. 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.
- 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)
- Ultimately from Old Irish both, hut. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I lived in a broken down long-deserted shepherd's hut, known as a bothy, out on a windy Scottish mountainside, without electricity.”
“The other was the head of the "bothy" or boarding-house for hired men,”
“The master of a stately park in Devon, a moor and "bothy" in the highlands, a villa on the Arno, a gem of a cottage in the Isle of”
“[A bothy is a cottage or hut where labouring servants are lodged, and is sometimes built of wood, as we read in the _Jacobite Relics_, ii.”
“bothy" is frequently used in an article called "News from the Farm.”
“Meals are served either in the grand hall at the 15th-century core of the tower, in a loch-side bothy, or in an enormous tree house in the garden.”
“There are three small camping areas and a private bothy, dotted in and around the orchard and the forest.”
“Any word on why you think Progressive ideals are bad for the country ‘at the core’ yet, bothy?”
“This is a world of baronial drip-dry tartan with a flat-pack bothy fit for murder and a ghost that oozes bloodily from a cardboard box, despite the bin-liner.”
“Christ, she's drunk as an auld besom in a bothy," said a voice in my ear.”
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Anything related to Scottish culture, cuisine, language, history and so on. Does not include Gaelic words unless acceptable (roughly speaking!) in a wider sense.
Words I've come across while reading and looked up in the dictionary.
Another of my Random Palavery lists, still an eclectic listing of terms that catch my eye and ear. It can't be helped. I am, (as a former partner phrased it) a word-bird.
Hecko, words! Thanks for staying with me. :-)
Words encountered while reading Iain Banks's terrific "The Crow Road"
Looking for tweets for bothy.