18th cent. A loan from English boat, probably through French or another Gallo-Romance language.
From Proto-Germanic *baita- "boat." According to Kroonen (2014), derived from the verb *bītan- "to bite" in the sense of hollowing out a tree log to make a boat. From Proto-Indo-European *bhéi̯d-e- "to split."
Also Latin American slang for "prison."
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Old Norse beit, Old English bāt (English boat), Gothic beitan, Old Norse bíta, Old High German bīzan, Old Saxon bītan, Old English bītan (English to bite)
Ancient Greek φείδομαι (pheídomai)
Sanskrit bhinátti "to split"