When you're talking about two things that go together, use the adjective both. If you put on both of your boots, you are wearing the left one and the right one.


The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either.

a. or pron.
The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either.

As well; not only; equally.


Both , a. or pron. [OE. bothe, bae, fr. Icel. b'beir; akin to Dan. baade, Sw. b'86da, Goth. bajs, OHG. beid, bd, G. & D. beide, also AS. begen, b'be, b, Goth. bai, and Gr. , L. ambo, Lith. ab'85, OSlav. oba, Skr. ubha. &root;310. Cf. Amb-.] The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either. &hand; It is generally used adjectively with nouns; as, both horses ran away; but with pronouns, and often with nous, it is used substantively, and followed by of. It frequently stands as a pronoun.
She alone is heir to both of us.
Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
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.
It is often used in apposition with nouns or pronouns.
Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes.
This said, they both betook them several ways.
Both now always precedes any other attributive words; as, both their armies; both our eyes. Both of is used before pronouns in the objective case; as, both of us, them, whom, etc.; but before substantives its used is colloquial, both (without of) being the preferred form; as, both the brothers.


Both, conj. As well; not only; equally. Both precedes the first of two co'94rdinate words or phrases, and is followed by and before the other, both . . . and . . . ; as well the one as the other; not only this, but also that; equally the former and the latter. It is also sometimes followed by more than two co'94rdinate words, connected by and expressed or understood.
To judge both quick and dead.
A masterpiece both for argument and style.
To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene.
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.
He prayeth well who loveth well Both man and bird and beast.

The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either.

As well; not only; equally.


Usage Examples

A beautiful bouquet or a long-lasting flowering plant is a traditional gift for women, but I have recommended that both men and women keep fresh flowers in the home for their beauty, fragrance, and the lift they give our spirits.

A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.

A jellyfish is little more than a pulsating bell, a tassel of trailing tentacles and a single digestive opening through which it both eats and excretes - as regrettable an example of economy of design as ever was.

A quest for knowledge is not a war with faith spirituality is not usually an infelicitous amalgam of superstition and philistinism and moral relativism, taken outside midfield, leads inexorably both to heresy and to secular wickedness, which are often identical.

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.

A man of strength and wisdom, John Paul became an inspiration to generations of both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world by encouraging freedom, promoting peace and respecting all faiths.

006 was such an interesting character and the film really explored his friendship with Bond and how it all went wrong, so it was a very personal journey for both characters.

Misspelled Form

both, vboth, gboth, hboth, nboth, both, voth, goth, hoth, noth, oth, bvoth, bgoth, bhoth, bnoth, b oth, bioth, b9oth, b0oth, bpoth, bloth, bith, b9th, b0th, bpth, blth, boith, bo9th, bo0th, bopth, bolth, borth, bo5th, bo6th, boyth, bogth, borh, bo5h, bo6h, boyh, bogh, botrh, bot5h, bot6h, botyh, botgh, botgh, botyh, botuh, botjh, botnh, botg, boty, botu, botj, botn, bothg, bothy, bothu, bothj, bothn.

Other Usage Examples

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.

'Lucky' is for laughs, and there's really nothing funny that I'm doing on 'Dexter.' I think more than anything, both comment on the fact that anybody is capable of anything. Just because they are the shy guy in the corner doesn't mean that they are a harmless little bunny.

A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both.

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.

A lot of me is very up, and you have to have light and shade. They are both important and you have to be able to balance them. You have to admit that sadness is part of you and that it enriches you. I use it in my work.


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