bottle

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bottle, botle, buttle, from Old English botl, bold (abode, house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple), from Proto-Germanic *budlą, *buþlą, *bōþlą (house, dwelling, farm), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (to swell, grow, thrive, be, live, dwell). Cognate with North Frisian budel, bodel, bol, boel (dwelling, inheritable property), Dutch boedel, boel (inheritance, estate), Danish bol (farm), Icelandic ból (dwelling, abode, farm, lair). Related to Old English byldan (to build, construct). More at build.

Noun[edit]

bottle (plural bottles)

  1. (UK dialectal or obsolete) A dwelling; habitation.
  2. (UK dialectal) A building; house.

Etymology 2[edit]

Anglo-Norman and Old French boteille (Modern French bouteille), from Vulgar Latin *botticula, ultimately of disputed origin. Probably a diminutive of Late Latin buttis.

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  • botl (Jamaican English)

Noun[edit]

bottle (plural bottles)

  1. A container, typically made of glass or plastic and having a tapered neck, used primarily for holding liquids.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.
    Beer is often sold in bottles.
  2. The contents of such a container.
    I only drank a bottle of beer.
  3. A container with a rubber nipple used for giving liquids to infants, a baby bottle.
    The baby wants a bottle.
  4. (UK, informal) Nerve, courage.
    You don't have the bottle to do that!   He was going to ask her out, but he lost his bottle when he saw her.
  5. (attributive, of a person with a particular hair color) With one's hair color produced by dyeing.
    Did you know he's a bottle brunette? His natural hair color is strawberry blonde.
  6. (obsolete) A bundle, especially of hay; something tied in a bundle.
  7. (figuratively) Intoxicating liquor; alcohol.
    to drown one's troubles in the bottle
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Verb[edit]

bottle (third-person singular simple present bottles, present participle bottling, simple past and past participle bottled)

  1. (transitive) To seal (a liquid) into a bottle for later consumption.
    This plant bottles vast quantities of spring water every day.
  2. (transitive, UK) To feed (an infant) baby formula.
    Because of complications she can't breast feed her baby and so she bottles him.
  3. (UK, slang) To refrain from doing (something) at the last moment because of a sudden loss of courage.
    The rider bottled the big jump.
  4. (UK, slang) To strike (someone) with a bottle.
    He was bottled at a nightclub and had to have facial surgery.
  5. (UK, slang) To pelt (a musical act on stage, etc.) with bottles as a sign of disapproval.
    Meat Loaf was once bottled at Reading Festival.
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