From Middle English bot, boot, boet, boyt, from Old English bāt ("boat"), from Proto-Germanic *baitaz, *baitą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- ("to break, split"). Cognate with Old Norse beit ("boat"), Middle Dutch beitel ("little boat").
Old Norse bátr (whence Icelandic bátur, Norwegian båt, Danish båd), Dutch boot, German Boot, Occitan batèl and French bateau are all ultimately borrowings from the Old English word.
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