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BOUCHT, BOUGHT, BUCHT, BUGHT, n.1 and v.1 Cf. Bought, n.1 and v. [buxt, bʌxt, bʌuxt]

1. n.

(1) A bend of any kind, a fold; a knot; a coil of rope. Sc. 1808 Jam.:
“The bought of a blanket,” that part of a blanket where it is doubled. Where the sea forms a sort of bay, it is said to have a bought.
Sc. 1899–1901 A Lassie Lives by Yonder Burn in R. Ford Vagab. Songs, etc. (1901) 26:
I'll ben the spence and dress a wee, Wi' knots and bughts sae gaudy.
Ayr. 1914 (per Rnf.3); (also Bnff.2 1935):
The farm-workers speak about putting a “bucht” or twist on a rope.

(2) A length of fishing line, 40–50 fathoms (perhaps gauged by the number of coils). Sh. 1801 G. Goudie Diary of Rev. J. Mill (1889) 121–122:
As peace is made with Denmark, will prove a great blessing to this countrey, whence we have dales [deal planks], boats, Bughts etc. they can't be without.
Sh. 1931 J. Nicolson Shet. Incidents and Tales 53:
Each sixaern [six-oared Norway skiff] was furnished with a “fleet” of lines, variably termed “tows” and “buchts,” and equalling 50 fathoms.

Comb.: boucht-knot, “a running knot; one that can easily be loosed, in consequence of the cord being doubled” (Sc. 1808 Jam.).

2. v. To bend in any way, to turn over, double. Sc. 1808 Jam.:
Boucht, bought, to fold down.

Hence bouchting-blanket, boughting blankit, “a small blanket, spread across a feather bed, the ends being pushed in under the bed at both sides” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Ags. 1712 A. Jervise Land of the Lindsays, App. (1853) 341:
A boughting (cradle) blankit, a bolster.

[O.Sc. bucht, a certain length of fishing line, Norw. and Dan. bugt, a bending (D.O.S.T.). Cogn. O.E. byht, a bend, a mutated deriv. of bŭg-, weak grade of būgan, to bend. Cf. Bicht, n.1, Mod.Eng. bight, a coil of rope, a bay, obs. Eng. bought; Ger. bucht, Norw. bugt, Sw. bukt, a bending (Falk and Torp).]

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