- a gasoline pump at a filling station.
Origin of bowser
1930–35; said to be after S.F. Bowser and Co., a Sydney manufacturer of gasoline and oil storage systems
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Examples from the Web for bowser
Darnell Butler, who recently moved back to Washington from Maryland, said he was voting for Bowser.20 Years After Marion Barry, D.C. Voters Boot a Scandal-Tainted Mayor
April 2, 2014
The differences between Gray and Bowser and even Catania are miniscule.
“Bowser has the momentum but her support is soft,” says Plotkin.
If Bowser wins, the whole rationale for his candidacy, to stop Gray, “goes out the window.”
As Bowser sits in a Dallas jail, police are trying to piece together what made the former teacher allegedly kill.Erbie Bowser: A ‘Gentle Giant’ Who Snapped
August 9, 2013
There was a modesty in Bowser's tone that gave me a better opinion of him.
Once I met Bowser on his way to his work, a roll of theatre-bills under his arm.
She had sat all day at the window watching for his return, so Bowser told me.
Suppose this did happen to be Sim Clark or Bowser, what had he been doing in the marsh?Darry the Life Saver
Frank V. Webster
Now that is something that Bowser the Hound never can stand.Mother West Wind's Children
Thornton W. Burgess
- a tanker containing fuel for aircraft, military vehicles, etc
- Australian and NZ obsolete a petrol pump
originally a US proprietary name, from S. F. Bowser, US inventor, who made the first one in 1885
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Word Origin and History for bowser
a dog's name, 1806, perhaps imitative of baying.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper