[ boost ]
/ bust /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Slang. to engage in stealing, especially shoplifting.


Nearby words

  1. boonies,
  2. boor,
  3. boorish,
  4. boorishly,
  5. booshit,
  6. boost phase,
  7. boost-start,
  8. booster,
  9. booster cable,
  10. booster dose

Origin of boost

1805–15, Americanism; perhaps Scots dialect boose (variant of pouss push) + (hoi)st Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boost


/ (buːst) /


verb (tr)

Word Origin for boost

C19: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for boost



1815, literal and figurative, American English, of unknown origin. Related: Boosted; boosting. As a noun by 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for boost


[ bōōst ]

A linear map from one reference frame to another in which each coordinate is increased or decreased by an independent constant or linear function. A boost corresponds to a shift of the entire coordinate system without any rotation of its axes.
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