Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BOTHAM, BOTHOM, BOTHEM, n. and v. I.Sc. and ne.Sc. forms of bottom. Lit. and fig. See also Boddam. [′bɔðəm]
Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 4:
He saw he could no' bide i' the botham o' the geo. Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 222:
The hill air lats fouk fin' the bothom o' their stamacks. Abd. 1897 G. Macdonald Salted with Fire xxv.;
I'll tak my aith, it's that Isy's at the bothom o' 't!
Hence bothemless, adj., without a bottom.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 245:
Comets are nae the bothemless pit.
2. v. To understand thoroughly, to get at the bottom of.
Bnff.(D) 1933 M. Symon Deveron Days 8:
Ay! Logic, Algebra — ye sair nott them a' When ye set oot to bothom oor Wag-at-the-wa'.
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