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[bou-zer] /ˈbaʊ zər/
noun, Australian and New Zealand.
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 Unabridged
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  • There was a modesty in bowser's tone that gave me a better opinion of him.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • She had sat all day at the window watching for his return, so bowser told me.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Once I met bowser on his way to his work, a roll of theatre-bills under his arm.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for bowser


a tanker containing fuel for aircraft, military vehicles, etc
(Austral & NZ, obsolete) a petrol pump
Word Origin
originally a US proprietary name, from S. F. Bowser, US inventor, who made the first one in 1885
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for bowser



A person with a doglike or ugly face: white bowsers on the b-ball court

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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