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bouse

1

or bowse

[ bous, bouz ]
/ baʊs, baʊz /
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verb (used with object), boused, bous·ing.Nautical.
to haul with tackle.
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Origin of bouse

1
First recorded in 1585–95; of uncertain origin

Other definitions for bouse (2 of 2)

bouse2

or bowse

[ booz, bouz ]
/ buz, baʊz /

noun
liquor or drink.
a drinking bout; carouse.
verb (used with or without object), boused, bous·ing.
to drink, especially to excess.

Origin of bouse

2
1250–1300; Middle English bous strong drink <Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess; cf. booze
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How to use bouse in a sentence

  • 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

bouse

bowse

/ (baʊz) /

verb
(tr) nautical to raise or haul with a tackle

Word Origin for bouse

C16: of unknown origin
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