What does Bottom mean?

Definitions for Bottom
ˈbɒt əmbot·tom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bottom, underside, undersurfacenoun

    the lower side of anything

  2. bottomnoun

    the lowest part of anything

    "they started at the bottom of the hill"

  3. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, assnoun

    the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

  4. bottom, bottom of the inningnoun

    the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat

  5. bed, bottomnoun

    a depression forming the ground under a body of water

    "he searched for treasure on the ocean bed"

  6. bottomland, bottomnoun

    low-lying alluvial land near a river

  7. bottom, freighter, merchantman, merchant shipadjective

    a cargo ship

    "they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms"

  8. bottom(a)adjective

    situated at the bottom or lowest position

    "the bottom drawer"

  9. bottomverb

    the lowest rank

    "bottom member of the class"

  10. bottomverb

    provide with a bottom or a seat

    "bottom the chairs"

  11. bottomverb

    strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom

  12. penetrate, fathom, bottomverb

    come to understand


  1. bottomnoun

    The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:

  2. bottomnoun

    Character, reliability, staying power, dignity, integrity or sound judgment.

    lack bottom

  3. bottomnoun

    a valley, often used in place names.

    Where shall we go for a walk? How about Ashcombe Bottom?

  4. bottomnoun

    The buttocks or anus.

  5. bottomnoun

    a cargo vessel, a ship.

  6. bottomnoun

    certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.

  7. bottomnoun

    The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.

  8. bottomnoun

    A submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.

  9. bottomnoun

    A gay man who likes to take a passive sexual role rather than an active role (e.g. to be penetrated in anal sex rather than to penetrate).

  10. bottomverb

    To fall to the lowest point.

  11. bottomverb

    To establish firmly; to found or justify on or upon something; to set on a firm footing; to set or rest on or upon something which provides support or authority.

  12. bottomverb

    To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.

  13. bottomverb

    To be anally penetrated in gay sex

  14. bottomnoun

    A bottom quark.

  15. bottomnoun

    The lowest part of a container.

  16. bottomadjective

    The lowest or last place or position.

    Those files should go on the bottom shelf.

  17. Etymology: botm, bodan, from buthm- (compare bodem, boden, Boden), from bʰudʰ- (compare बुध्न,, fundus, bond, Albanian bythë. Meaning "posterior of a man" is from 1794; the verb "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOTTOMnoun

    Etymology: botm, Saxon; bodem, Germ.

    Shallow brooks that flow’d so clear,
    The bottom did the top appear. Dryden.

    On this supposition my reasonings proceed, and cannot be affected by objections which are far from being built on the same bottom. Francis Atterbury.

    In the purlieus stands a sheep-cote,
    West of this place; down in the neighbour bottom. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    On both the shores of that fruitful bottom, which I have before mentioned, are still to be seen the marks of ancient edifices. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Equal convexity could never be seen: the inhabitants of such an earth could have only the prospect of a little circular plane, which would appear to have an acclivity on all sides; so that every man would fancy himself the lowest, and that he always dwelt and moved in a bottom. Richard Bentley.

    His proposals and arguments should with freedom be examined to the bottom, that, if there be any mistake in them, no body may be misled by his reputation. John Locke.

    But there’s no bottom, none,
    In my voluptuousness. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    As I return, I will fetch off these justices: I do see the bottom of Justice Shallow: how subject we old men are to the vice of lying! William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    He wrote many things which are not published in his name; and was at the bottom of many excellent counsels, in which he did not appear. Addison.

    A bawbling vessel was he captain of,
    With which, such scathful grapple did he make
    With the most noble bottom of our fleet. William Shakespeare, T. Night.

    My ventures are not in one bottom trusted;
    Nor to one place. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    We have memory, not of one ship that ever returned, and but of thirteen persons only, at several times, that chose to return in our bottoms. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    He’s a foolish seaman,
    That when his ship is sinking, will not
    Unlade his hopes into another bottom. John Denham, Sophy.

    He puts to sea upon his own bottom; holds the stern himself; and now, if ever, we may expect new discoveries. John Norris.

    He spreads his canvas, with his pole he steers,
    The freights of flitting ghosts in his thin bottom bears. Dryd.

    He began to say, that himself and the prince were too much to venture in one bottom. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    We are embarked with them on the same bottom, and must be partakers of their happiness or misery. Spect. №. 273.

    This whole argument will be like bottoms of thread, close wound up. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    The silkworms finish their bottoms in about fifteen days. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Each Christmas they accounts did clear,
    And wound their bottom round the year. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Bottomverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    They may have something of obscurity, as being bottomed upon, and fetched from the true nature of the things. Matthew Hale.

    Pride has a very strong foundation in the mind; it is bottomed upon self-love. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    The grounds upon which we bottom our reasoning, are but a part; something is left out, which should go into the reckoning. John Locke.

    Every action is supposed to be bottomed upon some principle. Francis Atterbury.

    Therefore, as you unwind your love for him,
    Lest it should ravel, and be good to none,
    You must provide to bottom it on me. William Shakespeare, T. G. of Ver.

  3. To Bottomverb

    To rest upon as its support.

    Find out upon what foundation any proposition, advanced, bottoms; and observe the intermediate ideas, by which it is joined to that foundation upon which it is erected. John Locke.


  1. bottom

    Bottom can refer to the lowest or lowest ranking position or part of something. It can also describe a submissive or passive role in a power dynamic, typically within a sexual context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bottomnoun

    the lowest part of anything; the foot; as, the bottom of a tree or well; the bottom of a hill, a lane, or a page

  2. Bottomnoun

    the part of anything which is beneath the contents and supports them, as the part of a chair on which a person sits, the circular base or lower head of a cask or tub, or the plank floor of a ship's hold; the under surface

  3. Bottomnoun

    that upon which anything rests or is founded, in a literal or a figurative sense; foundation; groundwork

  4. Bottomnoun

    the bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, sea

  5. Bottomnoun

    the fundament; the buttocks

  6. Bottomnoun

    an abyss

  7. Bottomnoun

    low land formed by alluvial deposits along a river; low-lying ground; a dale; a valley

  8. Bottomnoun

    the part of a ship which is ordinarily under water; hence, the vessel itself; a ship

  9. Bottomnoun

    power of endurance; as, a horse of a good bottom

  10. Bottomnoun

    dregs or grounds; lees; sediment

  11. Bottomadjective

    of or pertaining to the bottom; fundamental; lowest; under; as, bottom rock; the bottom board of a wagon box; bottom prices

  12. Bottomverb

    to found or build upon; to fix upon as a support; -- followed by on or upon

  13. Bottomverb

    to furnish with a bottom; as, to bottom a chair

  14. Bottomverb

    to reach or get to the bottom of

  15. Bottomverb

    to rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded; -- usually with on or upon

  16. Bottomverb

    to reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder

  17. Bottomnoun

    a ball or skein of thread; a cocoon

  18. Bottomverb

    to wind round something, as in making a ball of thread


  1. Bottom

    Bottom is a British sitcom television series that originally aired on BBC2 between 1991 and 1995. It was written by and starring comic duo Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall as Richie and Eddie, two flatmates who live on the dole in Hammersmith, London. The program ran for three series, and was followed by five stage show tours across the United Kingdom between 1993 and 2003, and a feature film Guest House Paradiso. The show is noted for its chaotic, nihilistic humour and violent comedy slapstick. In 2008, Bottom came in at number 45 in a poll to determine "Britain's Best Sitcom" by the BBC. The show continues to be shown in the UK on Gold and Dave, and has been dubbed in other languages. In Spain the show is known as La pareja basura which aired on Canal+. The theme music was provided by The Bum Notes, a band that once featured Edmondson, and is a cover of "Last Night" by The Mar-Keys. Plans were made in 2012 for a BBC spin-off series, Hooligan's Island, featuring the Richie and Eddie characters from Bottom. However, that project was cancelled that October prior to production as Edmondson explained that he wished to pursue other interests.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bottom

    bot′um, n. the lowest part of anything: that on which anything rests or is founded: the sitting part of the human body: the foot of a page, &c.: low land, as in a valley: the keel of a ship, hence the vessel itself: the fundamental character of anything, as physical stamina, financial resources, &c.: the portion of a wig hanging down over the shoulder, as in 'full-bottom'—full-bottomed wig: (Shak.) a ball of thread.—v.t. to found or rest upon: (Shak.) to wind round or upon.—adj. Bott′omed.—ns. Bott′om-glade, a glade or open space in a bottom or valley; Bott′om-grass (Shak.) grass growing on bottom lands.—adj. Bott′omless.—n. Bott′omry, a contract by which money is borrowed on the security of a ship or bottom.—Bottomless pit—hell.—At bottom, in reality.—From the bottom of the heart, from the very heart.—To be at the bottom of, to be the real origin of; To stand on one's own bottom, to be independent of; To touch bottom, to reach the lowest point. [A.S. botm; Ger. boden; conn. with L. fundus, bottom, Gael. bonn, the sole.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bottom

    a weaver in the interlude in "Midsummer-Night's Dream," whom, with his ass's head, Titania falls in love with under the influence of a love-potion.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bottom

    A name for rich low land formed by alluvial deposits: but in a general sense it denotes the lowest part of a thing, in contradistinction to the top or uppermost part. In navigation, it is used to denote as well the channel of rivers and harbours as the body or hull of a ship. Thus, in the former sense we say "a gravelly bottom, clayey bottom," &c., and in the latter sense "a British bottom, a Dutch bottom," &c. By statute, certain commodities imported in foreign bottoms pay a duty called "petty customs," over and above what they are liable to if imported in British bottoms. Bottom of a ship or boat is that part which is below the wales.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bottom is ranked #17526 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bottom surname appeared 1,607 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bottom.

    87.5% or 1,407 total occurrences were White.
    6.6% or 107 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 46 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 31 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bottom' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2206

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bottom' in Written Corpus Frequency: #705

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bottom' in Nouns Frequency: #769

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bottom' in Adjectives Frequency: #657

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bottom in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bottom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Bottom in a Sentence

  1. Ken Yeager:

    Early in the relationship, it's usually about space and habits—like whether you squeeze the toothpaste from the middle or the bottom of the tube, later on, you might clash over parenting style or financial issues, and finding a unified front to face these issues together.

  2. Dick Bove:

    We are not going back to 2006-2007 levels of activity, but we are coming off the bottom, because there's a reason to do more trading in nearly every product.

  3. Warren Buffett:

    Glide really takes people who have hit rock bottom and helps bring them back.

  4. Ben Hsu:

    The world doesn't need any more supercars, the world is flush with supercars that are insanely fast and insanely expensive. What we're lacking are cars at the bottom end of the market.

  5. Cole Custer:

    If he ran on the bottom, I think I would have had him, it was close, man, but it just wasnt enough.

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