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bowse1

[bous, bouz] /baʊs, baʊz/
verb (used with object), bowsed, bowsing. Nautical.
1.
bouse1 .

bowse2

[booz, bouz] /buz, baʊz/
noun, verb (used with or without object), bowsed, bowsing.
1.
bouse2 .

bouse1

or bowse

[bous, bouz] /baʊs, baʊz/
verb (used with object), boused, bousing. Nautical.
1.
to haul with tackle.
Origin of bouse1
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; of uncertain origin

bouse2

or bowse

[booz, bouz] /buz, baʊz/
noun
1.
liquor or drink.
2.
a drinking bout; carouse.
verb (used with or without object), boused, bousing.
3.
to drink, especially to excess.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English bous strong drink < Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess; cf. booze
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bowse

/baʊz/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of bouse

bouse

/baʊz/
verb
1.
(transitive) (nautical) to raise or haul with a tackle
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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