Last modified on 12 August 2014, at 14:44

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English boþe, from Old Norse báðir

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DeterminerEdit

both

  1. Each of the two; one and the other.
    • Bible, Genesis xxi. 27
      Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
    • Bolingbroke
      He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both, because he is prepared for both.
    • 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34: 
      Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
    "Did you want this one or that one?" "Give me both."
    Both children are such dolls.
  2. (obsolete) Each of more than two.

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ConjunctionEdit

both

  1. including both (used with and)
    Both you and I are students

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IrishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish both, from Proto-Celtic *butā (compare Middle Welsh bot (dwelling)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH- (to be).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

both f (genitive botha, nominative plural bothanna)

  1. hut

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MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
both bhoth mboth
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Old IrishEdit

VerbEdit

·both

  1. preterite passive conjunct of at·tá