boughten [bawt-n] ExamplesWord Origin adjective Northern and North Midland U.S. Nonstandard.

  1. store-bought.

Origin of boughten First recorded in 1785–95; bought + -en3 Examples from the Web for boughten Historical Examples of boughten

  • “I could of boughten some candies,” complained Microby Dandeline.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

  • And still more often as an adjective, as in “it was a boughten dress.”

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • “Abuse and slander from that boughten sheet, the Alta–yes,” retorted Sinton.

    Port O’ Gold

    Louis John Stellman

  • They was boughten socks from Mrs. Carslake’s shop of all sorts.

    The Torch and Other Tales

    Eden Phillpotts

  • I’ll know better next hitch, for boughten wit is the best in a general way.

    The Attache

    Thomas Chandler Haliburton

  • British Dictionary definitions for boughten boughten adjective

    1. a dialect word for bought (def. 2)

    Word Origin and History for boughten adj.

    irregular past participle of buy; as an adjective from 1793, especially in colloquial U.S. usage, of clothing and other items, opposed to “made.”

    BOUGHTEN. Which is bought. This is a common word in the interior of New England and New York. It is applied to articles purchased from the shops, to distinguish them from similar articles of home manufacture. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]

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