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bottom adj
1 situated at the bottom or lowest position; "the bottom drawer" [syn: bottom(a)] [ant: side(a), top(a)]
2 at the bottom; lowest or last; "the bottom price" [syn: lowest]
3 the lowest rank; "bottom member of the class" [syn: poorest]


1 the lower side of anything [syn: underside, undersurface]
2 the lowest part of anything; "they started at the bottom of the hill"
3 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?" [syn: 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, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
4 the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat [syn: bottom of the inning] [ant: top]
5 a depression forming the ground under a body of water; "he searched for treasure on the ocean bed" [syn: bed]
6 low-lying alluvial land near a river [syn: bottomland]
7 a cargo ship; "they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms" [syn: freighter, merchantman, merchant ship]


1 provide with a bottom or a seat; "bottom the chairs"
2 strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom
3 come to understand [syn: penetrate, fathom]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English botm, bodan "ground, soil, lowest part," from Proto-Germanic *buthm- (cf. Old Frisian boden "soil," German Boden "ground, earth, soil"), from Proto-Indo-European base *bhudh- (cf. Sanskrit budhnah, Greek pythmen "foundation," Latin fundus "bottom, piece of land, farm," Old Irish bond "sole of the foot"). 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.


  • (UK) /ˈbɒtəm/, /"bQt@m/
  • (US) /ˈbɑtəm/, /"bAt@m/


  1. The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
    1. The part furthest in the direction toward which an unsupported object would fall.
    2. The part seen, or intended to be seen, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the lowest visible objects, as "footers appear at the bottoms of pages".
  2. The buttocks or anus.
  3. The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.
  4. A submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
  5. slang gay sexuality A gay man who likes take a passive sexual role rather than an active role (e.g. to be penetrated in anal sex rather than to penetrate).
  6. a cargo vessel, a ship.
  7. certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.



  • (1), (2), (5): top
the lowest part
the buttocks or anus
gay sexual slang: gay man who prefers to be penetrated in anal sex


  1. To fall to the lowest point.
    John J. Murphy, Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships (2004) p. 119:
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average bottomed on September 24, 2001. The CRB Index bottomed on October 24.
  2. To be the source of support or authority for something.
    United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Executive Orders and Presidential Directives, (2001) p.59.
    Moreover, the Supreme Court has held that the President must obey outstanding executive orders, even when bottomed on the Constitution, until they are revoked.
  3. To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.


  1. The lowest or last place or position.
    ''Those files should go on the bottom shelf.

Extensive Definition

Bottom can refer to:
bottom in Dutch: Bottom
bottom in Japanese: ボトム


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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