- The definition of bottom is the lowest, last or underside of something.
An example of bottom is the lowest drawer in a file cabinet; the bottom drawer.
- The bottom is defined as the underside or lowest position.
- An example of bottom is the last person on a waiting list.
- An example of bottom is the underside of an office chair.
- An example of bottom is an entry level position at a company.
Eggs are at the bottom of this list.
- the lowest part
- the lowest or last place or position: the bottom of the class
- Baseball the second half (of an inning)
- the part on which something rests; base
- the underside or whichever end is underneath: the bottom of a crate
- the seat of a chair
- the part farthest in; inner end, as of a bay or lane
- the bed or ground beneath a body of water
- ☆ bottomland
- the part of a ship's hull normally below water
- a ship; esp., a cargo ship
- the lower unit of a two-piece garment, as pajama trousers
- fundamental or basic meaning or cause; source
- endurance; stamina
- Informal the buttocks
Origin of bottomMiddle English botme ; from Old English botm, bodan, ground, soil ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhudh-men ; from base an unverified form bhudh- from source Classical Latin fundus, ground, Classical Greek pythmen, bottom, German boden
- to provide with a bottom
- to place (something) on or upon a foundation; base
- to reach or rest upon the bottom
- to be based or established
be at the bottom of
bet one's bottom dollar☆
- The deepest or lowest part: the bottom of a well; the bottom of the page.
- The part closest to a reference point: was positioned at the bottom of the key for a rebound.
- The underside: scraped the bottom of the car on a rock.
- The supporting part; the base.
- The far end or part: at the bottom of the bed.
- a. The last place, as on a list.b. The lowest or least favorable position: started at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy.
- The basic underlying quality; the source: Let's get to the bottom of the problem.
- The solid surface under a body of water.
- often bottoms Low-lying alluvial land adjacent to a river. Also called bottomland.
- a. Nautical The part of a ship's hull below the water line.b. A ship; a boat: “English merchants did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms” (G.M. Trevelyan).
- often bottoms The trousers or short pants of pajamas.
- Informal The buttocks.
- The seat of a chair.
- Baseball The second or last half of an inning.
- Staying power; stamina. Used of a horse.
- Slang One who is penetrated by another person or is the submissive partner in a sexual encounter or relationship.
- Situated at the bottom: the bottom rung of the ladder.
- Of the lowest degree, quality, rank, or amount: the bottom three teams in the league.
verbbot·tomed, bot·tom·ing, bot·toms
- To provide with an underside.
- To provide with a foundation; base: jurisprudence that is bottomed on democratic principles.
Origin of bottomMiddle English botme, from Old English botm.
(countable and uncountable, plural bottoms)
- The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
- The part furthest in the direction toward which an unsupported object would fall.
- 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 sadomasochistic sexual activity.
- (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.
- A ball or skein of thread; a cocoon.
- The bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, or sea.
- An abyss.
(third-person singular simple present bottoms, present participle bottoming, simple past and past participle bottomed)
- To fall to the lowest point.
- 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.
- (intransitive) To rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded.
- (intransitive) To reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder.
- To furnish with a bottom.
- to bottom a chair
- To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
- To be anally penetrated in gay sex.
(comparative more bottom, superlative most bottom)
- The lowest or last place or position.
- Those files should go on the bottom shelf.
Old English botm, bodan (“ground, soil, lowest part”), from Proto-Germanic *butm- (compare Old Norse botn, Swedish botten), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰud-, a variant of Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ-. The other Proto-Germanic variant of the root, *budm-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰ-, must have given rise to Dutch bodem (“bottom, ground”), Old Frisian boden (“soil”), German Boden (“ground, earth, soil”). For cognate in other branches in Indo-European, 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.