or bowse

[ bous, bouz ]
/ baʊs, baʊz /

verb (used with object), boused, bous·ing. Nautical.

to haul with tackle.

Origin of bouse

First recorded in 1585–95; of uncertain origin

Definition for bouse (2 of 2)


or bowse

[ booz, bouz ]
/ buz, baʊz /


liquor or drink.
a drinking bout; carouse.

verb (used with or without object), boused, bous·ing.

to drink, especially to excess.

Origin of bouse

1250–1300; Middle English bous strong drink < Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess; cf. booze Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bouse

  • The wandering beggar says "skimish" for drink, but city beggars say "bouse."

    Beggars|W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • Booze, or bouse, is supposed to come from the Dutch buysen, though the word has been in use in England for some hundreds of years.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for bouse



/ (baʊz) /


(tr) nautical to raise or haul with a tackle

Word Origin for bouse

C16: of unknown origin
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