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The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bot

Bot \Bot\, n. (Zo["o]l.) See Bots.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bot

in Internet sense, c.2000, short for robot. Its modern use has curious affinities with earlier uses, such as "parasitical worm or maggot" (1520s), of unknown origin; and Australian-New Zealand slang "worthless, troublesome person" (World War I-era). The method of minting new slang by clipping the heads off words does not seem to be old or widespread in English. Examples (za from pizza, zels from pretzels, rents from parents) are American English student or teen slang and seem to date back no further than late 1960s.

Wiktionary
bot

Etymology 1 alt. The larva of a bot fly, which infests the skin of various mammals, producing warbles, or the nasal passage of sheep, or the stomach of horses. n. The larva of a bot fly, which infests the skin of various mammals, producing warbles, or the nasal passage of sheep, or the stomach of horses. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context British slang English) To bugger 2 (context Australia informal English) To ask for and be given something with the direct intention of exploiting the thing’s usefulness, almost exclusively with cigarettes. Etymology 3

alt. 1 (context science fiction informal English) A physical robot. 2 (context computing English) A piece of software designed to complete a minor but repetitive task automatically or on command, especially when operating with the appearance of a (human) user profile or account. 3 (context video games English) A computer-controlled character in a multiplayer video game, such as a first-person shooter. n. 1 (context science fiction informal English) A physical robot. 2 (context computing English) A piece of software designed to complete a minor but repetitive task automatically or on command, especially when operating with the appearance of a (human) user profile or account. 3 (context video games English) A computer-controlled character in a multiplayer video game, such as a first-person shooter. vb. (context video games English) To use a bot, or automated program.

WordNet
bot

n. botfly larva; typically develops inside the body of a horse or sheep or human

Usage examples of "bot".

Gwydion auf und sprang vor die Boten hin, umwirbelt von seinem scharlachroten Mantel.

The screen went blank for a moment, then was filled with an innocuous cityscape, a KOMA logo in the bot- torn corner.

He has confessed to murdering Walter Crocin and then to helping the bot escape.

Thair is Chryst Jesus the King, and his Kingdome the Kirk, whase subject King James the Saxt is, and of whase kingdome nocht a king nor a lord nor a heid, bot a member.

Fragments of his weblog go to a private subscriber list-the people, corporates, collectives and bots he currently favors.

Fragments of his weblog go to a private subscriber list the people, corporates, collectives, and bots he currently favors.

The bot stepped into the crate, root tendrils unfurling from her calves and palping the surface of the soil like so many slender tentacles.

Reden seine Geduld am Ende erschoepft hatten: jedenfalls bot er ein Bild gerechten und starken Zornes.

She had been fascinated to learn that some bots occupied high-level positions as administrators, scientists, and even gengineers.

He wondered if the bots were any happier than he in their dormitory ghettoes, away from their human masters and supervisors, their overlords.

He had seen news reports of murdered bots, stripped of roots and leaves and flowers.

A view of assembly lines, staffed almost entirely by bots, the blossoms on their heads making long rows of colorful blossoms, interrupted occasionally by the smoother heads of humans.

The bots took a few more steps and passed a shabbily dressed human who extended a cane to trip the nearest.

Some, like the human poor, were unemployed, for there were more menial jobs than bots to fill them.

Frederick wondered whether the bots had been allowed to return home to their dorm that morning, when they had left work.