Language: Old English
Origin: botm


1 noun
bot‧tom1 S1 W3

lowest part

the bottom

the lowest part of something [≠ top]
the bottom of
Can you hold the bottom of the ladder for me?
at the bottom (of something)
Grandma was standing at the bottom of the stairs.
at the bottom of the page
Go downstairs and wait for me at the bottom.
the bottom of the page/screen
There should be a menu bar at the bottom of your screen.

lowest side

[countable usually singular] the flat surface on the lowest side of an object
What's that on the bottom of your shoe?

lowest inner part

[countable usually singular] the lowest inner surface of something such as a container
at/in the bottom of something
I found the keys - they were at the bottom of my handbag.
The drugs had been hidden in a suitcase with a false bottom.

lowest social position/rank

the bottom

the lowest position in an organization or company [≠ top]
the bottom of
The Giants are at the bottom of the league.
the bottom of the ladder/pile/heap (=the lowest position in society, an organization etc)
Immigrants were at the bottom of the pile.
Higgins had started at the bottom (=in a low position in a company) and worked his way up to become managing director.
second/third etc from bottom
United currently lie second from bottom of the Premier League.


the bottom

HEO the ground under a sea, river etc, or the flat land in a valley
the bottom of
The bottom of the pool is very slippery.
at/on the bottom (of something)
A body was found at the bottom of the canal.
the sea/river bottom
fish living on the sea bottom


[countable] the part of your body that you sit on [= backside]:
I just sat on my bottom and slid down.


[countable usually plural]DCC the part of a set of clothes that you wear on the lower part of your body:
pyjama bottoms
a blue bikini bottom

furthest part

the bottom of a road/garden etc

especially British English the part of a road, area of land etc that is furthest from where you are:
There's a shop at the bottom of the street.

get to the bottom of something

to find out the cause of a problem or situation:
I never got to the bottom of this!

be/lie at the bottom of something

to be the basic cause of a problem or situation:
Lack of money is at the bottom of many family problems.

be at/hit/reach rock bottom

a) to be in a very bad situation that could not be any worse:
I was at rock bottom, and knew I had to try and stop drinking.
b) to be at a very low level:
We bought the house when prices were at rock bottom.

from the bottom of your heart

in a very sincere way:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

the bottom drops/falls out of the market

PE when people stop buying a particular product, so that the people who sell it can no longer make any money

bottoms up!

spoken used to tell someone to enjoy or finish their alcoholic drink

big-bottomed/round-bottomed etc

having a bottom or base that is big, round etc

at bottom

formal the way a person or situation really is, although they may seem different:
She's a good kind person at bottom.
[↪ top]

➔ you can bet your bottom dollar

at bet1 (4)

; ➔ knock the bottom out of

at knock1 (25)

; ➔ from top to bottom

at top1 (21)

; ➔ the bottom of the list

at list1 (2)

; ➔ scrape the bottom of the barrel

at scrape1 (5)

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