• A container, typically made of glass or plastic and having a tapered neck, used primarily for holding liquids.
  • The contents of such a container.
  • A container with a rubber nipple used for giving liquids to infants, a baby bottle.
  • (originally "bottle and glass" meaning "ass") Nerve, courage.
  • A container of hair dye, hence with one’s hair color produced by dyeing.
  • A bundle, especially of hay; something tied in a bundle.
  • Intoxicating liquor; alcohol.
  • A dwelling; habitation.
  • A building; house.


  • To seal (a liquid) into a bottle for later consumption. Also fig.
  • To feed (an infant) baby formula.
  • To refrain from doing (something) at the last moment because of a sudden loss of courage.
  • To throw away a leading position.
  • To strike (someone) with a bottle.
  • To pelt (a musical act on stage, etc.) with bottles as a sign of disapproval.
  • Of pages printed several on a sheet: to rotate slightly when the sheet is folded two or more times.


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  • From Middle English botel, from Old French boteille (Modern French bouteille), from Medieval Latin butticula, ultimately of disputed origin. Probably a diminutive of Late Latin buttis. Compare also Low German Buddel and Old High German būtil (whence German Beutel). botija.
  • From Middle English bottle, botel, buttle, from Old English botl, bold, from Proto-West Germanic *bōþl, from Proto-Germanic *budlą, *buþlą, *bōþlą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw-.
  • Cognate with North Frisian budel, bodel, bol, boel, Dutch boedel, boel, Danish bol ("farm"), Icelandic ból ("dwelling, abode, farm, lair"). Related to Old English byldan ("to build, construct"). More at build.

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