Chiefly Scot. a cottage or hut
nounpl. both·ies Scots
A hut or small cottage.
Origin of bothyUltimately from Old Irish both, hut; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- (Scotland) A small cottage, especially one for communal use in remote areas by labourers or farmhands. [from 18th c.]
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.