250 pxBoots, noun - etymology 1, definition 1





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  • From Middle English boote, bote, from Old French bote ("a high, thick shoe"). Of obscure origin, but probably related to Old French bot ("club-foot"), bot, from Old Frankish *butt, from Proto-Germanic *buttaz, *butaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewt-, *bʰewd-. Compare Old Norse butt ("stump"), Low German butt ("blunt, plump"), Old English bytt ("small piece of land"), buttuc. More at buttock.
  • From Middle English boote, bote, bot, from Old English bōt ("help, relief, advantage, remedy; compensation for an injury or wrong; (peace) offering, recompense, amends, atonement, reformation, penance, repentance"), from Proto-Germanic *bōtō ("atonement, improvement"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰed- ("good"). Akin to Old Norse bót ("bettering, remedy") (Danish bod), Gothic 𐌱𐍉𐍄𐌰, German Buße. bote (a borrowing from Middle English).
  • From bootleg, by shortening

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