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.
bothy (plural bothies)
- (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.