bothy

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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.

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bothy (plural bothies)

  1. (Scotland) A small cottage, especially one for communal use in remote areas by labourers or farmhands. [from 18th c.]
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 106:
      Often Neil sat in their bothy on winter nights and told Calum about seas he had never seen.