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[bawt-n] /ˈbɔt n/
adjective, Northern and North Midland U.S. Nonstandard.
Origin of boughten
1785-95; bought + -en3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Half a dozen straight-back chairs, also "boughten," were disposed stiffly against the walls.

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

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • Two "boughten" rocking-chairs of painted wood confronted each other primly from opposite ends of the rug.

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

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • I had a "boughten" shirt also, two boxes of paper cuffs, and two new ties, a black one for every day and a white one for Sunday.

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

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • They was boughten socks from Mrs. Carslake's shop of all sorts.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • Home-made toys have a greater value than boughten ones because there is as much fun making them as playing with them.

  • "Abuse and slander from that boughten sheet, the Alta--yes," retorted Sinton.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • What do they use for yellow dye on the Porcupine quills—I mean before the boughten dyes came?

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for boughten


a dialect word for bought (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boughten

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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