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BOUGHT, BOUCHT, BUGHT, Bucht, n.1 and v. Cf. Boucht, n.1 and v.1 [buxt, bʌuxt, bʌxt]

1. n.

(1) “The bend of the arm, hence the elbow joint” (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Gloss.). Also transferred to the bend of the leg. Sc. 1808 Jam.:
“The bought of the arm,” the bending of the arm at the elbow.
Bnff.2 1930:
Fan Rob fell oot ower th' boat, the rope catch't in th' bucht o's hoch.
Abd.(D) 1767 R. Forbes Jnl. from London, etc. (1869) 17; Abd.22, Fif.10 1935:
However I took her by the bought o' the gardy, an' gar'd her sit down by me.

(2) A branch or twig; a fork of a tree. Gen. as dim. Ags. 1911 W. Forbes W.-L.:
Bouchty, the fork of a tree; the first fork from the ground.
Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems, etc. 124:
An' frae ilk boughtie might be seen The early Linnets cheepan Their sang, that day.
Ant. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.:
Buchts, the roots or stumps of the plants forming a hedge.

2. v.

(1) To link arms with someone. Sc. 1846 Auld Sc. Brugh in Whistle-Binkie (1st Series) 121:
And when the canvassin' cam' round, the member walked about, And bughted i' the Provost's arm — they sought the Deacons out.

(2) ppl.adj. bughted, buchtit, full of boughs, leafy. Knr. 1891 “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 19:
What whiter gowans wait thy smile On foreign buchtit braes?
Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems and Songs 159:
Far ben thy dark green plantin's shade, The cushat croodles am'rously, The mavis down thy bughted glade, Gars echo ring frae ev'ry tree.

[This corresponds in meaning to O.E. bōh, bōg, shoulder, arm, bough; Dan. bov, Sw. bog, Ger. bug, O.N. bōgr, id. The form may have been influenced by Bicht or Boucht, n.1, a bend, a coil in a rope. For n. (2) and v. (2) cf. O.Sc. bowcht, a branch, in D.O.S.T. The meaning “winding” has also been suggested for bughted (v. (2)), in which case būgan, to bend, would be cogn. Although the roots of bōg and būgan are originally quite distinct, there has been a great deal of confusion between the derivatives of each.]

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"Bought n.1, v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Jun 2020 <>



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