Meaning of bothy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɒθi/

nounplural noun bothies

(also bothie)
  • (in Scotland) a small hut or cottage, especially one for housing farm labourers or for use as a mountain refuge.

    ‘In East Kilbride, some of these lived in bothies on the farms, but most were based in the PoW camp, and were easy to spot walking around town wearing their distinctive brown uniforms with yellow diamonds.’
    • ‘They'd bought a Victorian shooting lodge and I lodged in the bothy.’
    • ‘As a perplexed girl I pictured people in sleeping bags on the floors of large public rest rooms, before learning that Pop meant the bothies, shacks with no separate toilet where immigrant Irish laborers stayed.’
    • ‘They were very fortunate they found the bothy and could take shelter.’
    • ‘The traditional farm buildings are located behind the farmhouse and include a bothy, stores, barn and livestock accommodation.’
    • ‘He slept in the bothy beside the house and ate his meals in the kitchen.’
    • ‘If you're looking for something a little more remote, isolated crofts, bothies and chalets are hidden deep in Highland glens and woodlands and on a variety of secluded beaches.’
    • ‘I am sure that not everyone used a drawer and that other containers were used, but I can say that porridge was most certainly kept in a drawer in some houses and bothies, and no shame on them for it.’
    • ‘Traditionally, bothies were built to house migrant workers - and livestock - in conditions that now seem decidedly harsh.’
    • ‘There are, in close proximity to the main house, stables and a bothy for staff accommodation, both of which give scope for imaginative conversion.’
    • ‘From my bothy on the west coast I can see the mountains of Mull, and I joke that sometimes I can see New York.’
    • ‘Remote Ben-alder Cottage, now used as a bothy, suddenly appeared in front of me.’
    • ‘A youngish red-haired man worked on a nearby farm and took to hanging around the bothies most evenings.’
    • ‘The climbing and walking world is also rife with rumours that long-term plans are to remove all the bothies in the area, despite their integral role in Scotland's climbing heritage.’
    • ‘If you want something special - a posh country-house do, a snug bothy for two, a real treat for the kids or somewhere special for a big festive bash - you'll need to move fast.’
    • ‘If this was society, where a man can't even go to a pub without a reminder of the bubbling undercurrent of social unrest, give me back my bothies in the wilderness.’
    • ‘We were in Sutherland and we'd planned to end up in a bothy for the night, but we came across a river.’
    • ‘A love of Shakespeare will help, however - those who sign up for a weekend course are likely to find themselves reciting Hamlet from a gusty hilltop, and bedding down for the night in a bothy.’
    • ‘Beyond the footbridge which crosses the River Dee to the old bothy at Corrour the narrow confines of the pass begin to widen out and one of Scotland's finest corries displays itself on the left.’
    • ‘But he had a series of breakdowns in his twenties and thirties, leading him at one point to live rough in a remote bothy in the Scottish Highlands.’
    small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shanty


Mid 18th century probably from booth + -y.