[ 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 bouse1
First recorded in 1585–95; of uncertain origin
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Definition for bouse (2 of 2)
[ 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 bouse2
1250–1300; Middle English bous strong drink <Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess; cf. booze
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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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