Cottage vs Bour - What's the difference?

cottage | bour |

As nouns the difference between cottage and bour

is that cottage is a small house; a cot; a hut while bour is (obsolete) a chamber or a cottage.

As a verb cottage

is to stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging.




(en noun)
  • A small house; a cot; a hut.
  • A seasonal home of any size or stature. A recreational home or a home in a remote location.
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  • (UK, slang, dated) A public toilet.
  • Usage notes

    Sense “public toilet” dates from 19th century, now only in gay slang.

    Derived terms

    * cottage cheese * cottage hospital * cottage industry


  • To stay at a seasonal home, to go cottaging.
  • (intransitive, British, slang) Of men: To have homosexual sex in a public lavatory; to practice cottaging.
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    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A chamber or a cottage.
  • Ful sooty was hir bour, and eek hir halle,
    In which she eet ful many a sclendre meel.
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