Old English botm, bodan (“ground, soil, lowest part”), from Proto-Germanic *butm- (compare Dutch bodem (“bottom, ground”), Old Frisian boden (“soil”), German Boden (“ground, earth, soil”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ- (compare Sanskrit बुध्न (budhna), Ancient Greek πυθμήν (puthmēn, “foundation”), Latin fundus (“bottom, piece of land, farm”), Old Irish bond (“sole of the foot”), Albanian bythë (“butt, end, bottom”). Meaning "posterior of a man" is from 1794; the verb "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882.
bottom (countable and uncountable; plural bottoms)
- The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
- (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) The part furthest in the direction toward which an unsupported object would fall.
- (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) The part seen, or intended to be seen, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the lowest visible objects, as "footers appear at the bottoms of pages".
- (uncountable, UK, slang) Character, reliability, staying power, dignity, integrity or sound judgment.
- lack bottom
- (UK, US) a valley, often used in place names.
- Where shall we go for a walk? How about Ashcombe Bottom?
- (euphemistic) The buttocks or anus.
- (nautical) a cargo vessel, a ship.
- (nautical) certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.
- (baseball) The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.
- (BDSM) A submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
- (LGBT, slang) A man penetrated or with a preference for being penetrated during homosexual intercourse.
- (physics) A bottom quark.
- (often figuratively) The lowest part of a container.
- 2011 December 21, Helen Pidd, “Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis”, the Guardian:
- In Ireland, where 14.5% of the population are jobless, emigration has climbed steadily since 2008, when Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bottom fell out of the Irish housing market. In the 12 months to April this year, 40,200 Irish passport-holders left, up from 27,700 the previous year, according to the central statistics office. Irish nationals were by far the largest constituent group among emigrants, at almost 53%.
- (lowest part): base
- (buttocks): arse (British, Australian, NZ), ass, fanny (North American), backside, bot, bott, botty, bum, buttocks
- (BDSM): catcher
- (LGBT): catcher, passive, pathic, uke (Japanese fiction)
- See also Wikisaurus:buttocks
- See also Wikisaurus:anus
Related terms 
terms derived from bottom (noun)
the lowest part
- Afrikaans: onderkant (af)
- Albanian: fund (sq) m
- Arabic: قاع (ar) (qaa3) m, قعر (ar) (qa3r) m
- Armenian: տակ (hy) (tak), հիմք (hy) (himk’), ներքև (hy) (nerk’ev)
- Aromanian: fund (rup)
- Belarusian: дно (be) (dno) n
- Bulgarian: дъно (bg) (dǎnó) n
- Catalan: fons (ca) m
- Mandarin: 底部 (cmn) (dǐbù), 底端 (cmn) (dǐduān), 底 (cmn) (dǐ)
- Czech: dno (cs) n
- Danish: bund (da)
- Dutch: onderkant (nl) m, bodem (nl) f
- Esperanto: fundo (eo), malsupro (eo)
- Finnish: pohja (fi), alapää (fi)
- French: fond (fr) m, bas (fr) m, dessous (fr) m
- German: Boden (de) m, Grund (de) m, Unterseite (de) f
- Gothic: 𐌲𐍂𐌿𐌽𐌳𐌿𐍃 (grundus) m
- Greek: πάτος (el) (pátos) m, πυθμένας (el) (pithménas) m
- Hebrew: תחתית (he) (takhtyt) f
- Icelandic: botn (is) m
- Italian: fondo (it), parte (it) inferiore (it) f
- Japanese: 底 (ja) (そこ, soko), 下部 (ja) (かぶ, kabu)
- Korean: 밑 (ko) (mit), 바닥 (ko) (badak), 바탕 (ko) (batang)
- Latgalian: zamoška f, zemīne f
- Latin: fundus (la) m, solum (la) n
- Latvian: apakša (lv) f
- Macedonian: дно (mk) (dno) n
- Polish: dno (pl) n
- Portuguese: fundo (pt) m
- Romanian: fund (ro)
- Russian: дно (ru) (dno) n, низ (ru) (niz) m, нижняя часть (ru) (nížnjaja čast) f
- Cyrillic: дно (sh) n
- Roman: dno (sh) n
- Slovak: dno (sk) n
- Slovene: dno (sl) n
- Spanish: fondo (es) m
- Swedish: botten (sv)
- Ukrainian: дно (uk) (dno) n
- Vietnamese: đáy (vi)
the buttocks or anus
- Korean: (for buttocks) 궁둥이 (ko) (gungdung-i), (for anus) 똥구멍 (ko) (ttonggumeong)
- Latin: culus (la) m
- Macedonian: задник (mk) (zádnik) m, газ (mk) (gaz) m
- Polish: zadek (pl) m, tyłek (pl) m
- Portuguese: cu (pt) m, fundilho (pt) m
- Romanian: cur (ro) n, fund (ro), șezut (ro), dos (ro)
- Russian: зад (ru) (zad) m, задница (ru) (zádnica) f, попа (ru) (pópa) f
- Scottish Gaelic: màs (gd) m, tòn (gd) f
- Spanish: culo (es) m
- Welsh: rhefr (cy)
gay sexual slang: gay man who prefers to be penetrated in anal sex
bottom (third-person singular simple present bottoms, present participle bottoming, simple past and past participle bottomed)
- To fall to the lowest point.
- John J. Murphy, Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships (2004) p. 119:
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average bottomed on September 24, 2001. The CRB Index bottomed on October 24.
- To establish firmly; to found or justify on or upon something; to set on a firm footing; to set or rest on or upon something which provides support or authority.
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Executive Orders and Presidential Directives, (2001) p.59.
- Moreover, the Supreme Court has held that the President must obey outstanding executive orders, even when bottomed on the Constitution, until they are revoked.
- (obsolete, transitive) To wind round something, as in making a ball of thread.
- As you unwind her love from him, / Lest it should ravel and be good to none, / You must provide to bottom it on me.
- To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
- To be anally penetrated in gay sex
bottom (comparative more bottom, superlative most bottom)
- The lowest or last place or position.
- Those files should go on the bottom shelf.
lowest or last place or position