bot 1[bot] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a device or piece of software that can execute commands, reply to messages, or perform routine tasks, as online searches, either automatically or with minimal human intervention (often used in combination): intelligent infobots; shopping bots that help consumers find the best prices.

Origin of bot 11985–90; shortening of robot bot 2or bott [bot] noun

  1. the larva of a botfly.

Origin of bot 2 1425–75; late Middle English; akin to Dutch bot, Frisian dialect botten (plural); further origin obscure bot 3[bot] noun Australian Slang.

  1. a person who cadges; scrounger.

Origin of bot 3First recorded in 1915–20; perhaps shortening of botfly bot.

  1. botanical.
  2. botanist.
  3. botany.
  4. bottle.


  1. Board of Trade.

Examples from the Web for bot Contemporary Examples of bot

  • If a friend sends you a suspicious chat, ask them a question a bot would not be able to answer.

    Facebook Chat Gets Hijacked

    Alex Leo

    February 17, 2011

  • Historical Examples of bot

  • Bot since he was punished for thee, thow shalt not be punished.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

    John Knox

  • You loike it not, bot you tink it makes you look loike a man.

    The Red Man’s Revenge

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Bot, vorst of all, his vife vould veel no bity for his fate!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 13, 1887


  • Bot, zere, you makes me chadderbox, and dakes op all my dime!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 13, 1887


  • Bot my travell is, that boyth princes and subjectis obey God.

    The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)

    John Knox

  • British Dictionary definitions for bot bot 1bott noun

    1. the larva of a botfly, which typically develops inside the body of a horse, sheep, or man
    2. any similar larva
    3. NZ informal a mild illness in humans

    See also bots Word Origin for bot C15: probably from Low German; related to Dutch bot, of obscure origin bot 2 verb

    1. to scrounge or borrow
    2. (intr often foll by on) to scrounge (from); impose (on)


    1. a scrounger
    2. on the bot wanting to scroungehe’s on the bot for a cigarette

    Word Origin for bot C20: perhaps from botfly, alluding to the creature’s bite; see bite (sense 12) bot 3 noun

    1. computing an autonomous computer program that performs time-consuming tasks, esp on the internet

    Word Origin for bot C20: from (ro) bot BOT abbreviation for

    1. Board of Trade

    bot. abbreviation for

    1. botanical
    2. botany

    Word Origin and History for bot n.

    in Internet sense, c.2000, short for robot. Its modern use has curious affinities with earlier uses, e.g. “parasitical worm or maggot” (1520s), of unknown origin; and Australian-New Zealand slang “worthless, troublesome person” (World War I-era). The method of minting new slang by clipping the heads off words does not seem to be old or widespread in English. Examples (za from pizza, zels from pretzels, rents from parents) are American English student or teen slang and seem to date back no further than late 1960s.

    bot in Medicine bot [bŏt] n.

    1. The parasitic larva of a botfly.
    2. bots A disease of mammals, especially cattle and horses, caused by infestation of the stomach or intestines with botfly larvae.

    bot in Science bot [bŏt]

    1. A software program that imitates the behavior of a human, as by querying search engines or participating in chatroom discussions.

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