bower

1
[ bou-er ]
/ ˈbaʊ ər /

noun

a leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
a rustic dwelling; cottage.
a lady's boudoir in a medieval castle.

verb (used with object)

to enclose in or as in a bower; embower.

Origin of bower

1
before 900; Middle English bour, Old English būr chamber; cognate with Old Norse būr pantry, German Bauer birdcage; akin to neighbor

Related forms

bow·er·like, adjective

Definition for bower (2 of 6)

bower

2
[ bou-er ]
/ ˈbaʊ ər /

noun Nautical.

an anchor carried at a ship's bow.

Origin of bower

2
First recorded in 1645–55; bow3 + -er1
Also called bower anchor.

Definition for bower (3 of 6)

bower

3
[ bou-er ]
/ ˈbaʊ ər /

noun

a person or thing that bows or bends.

Origin of bower

3
First recorded in 1590–1600; bow1 + -er1

Definition for bower (4 of 6)

bower

4
[ boh-er ]
/ ˈboʊ ər /

noun Music.

a musician, as a violinist, who performs with a bow on a stringed instrument.

Origin of bower

4
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at bow2, -er1

Definition for bower (5 of 6)

bow

2
[ boh ]
/ boʊ /

noun

adjective

curved outward at the center; bent: bow legs.

verb (used with or without object)

Origin of bow

2
before 1000; Middle English bowe (noun), Old English boga; cognate with Dutch boog, German Bogen, Old Norse bogi; akin to bow1

Related forms

bowed·ness, nounbow·less, adjectivebow·like, adjective

Can be confused

bode bowed

Definition for bower (6 of 6)

bow

3
[ bou ]
/ baʊ /

noun

Nautical, Aeronautics.
  1. the forward end of a vessel or airship.
  2. either side of this forward end, especially with reference to the direction of a distant object: a mooring two points off the port bow.
bows, Nautical. the exterior of the forward end of a vessel, especially one in which the hull slopes back on both sides of the stem.
the foremost oar in rowing a boat.
Also called bowman, bow oar. the person who pulls that oar.

adjective

of or relating to the bow of a ship.

Origin of bow

3
1620–30; < Low German boog (noun) or Dutch boeg or Danish bov; see bough
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British Dictionary definitions for bower (1 of 7)

bower

1
/ (ˈbaʊə) /

noun

a shady leafy shelter or recess, as in a wood or garden; arbour
literary a lady's bedroom or apartments, esp in a medieval castle; boudoir
literary a country cottage, esp one regarded as charming or picturesque

Derived Forms

bowery, adjective

Word Origin for bower

Old English būr dwelling; related to Old Norse būr pantry, Old High German būr dwelling

British Dictionary definitions for bower (2 of 7)

bower

2
/ (ˈbaʊə) /

noun

nautical a vessel's bow anchor

Word Origin for bower

C18: from bow ³ + -er 1

British Dictionary definitions for bower (3 of 7)

bower

3
/ (ˈbaʊə) /

noun

a jack in euchre and similar card games

Word Origin for bower

C19: from German Bauer peasant, jack (in cards)

British Dictionary definitions for bower (4 of 7)

bow

1
/ (baʊ) /

verb

noun

a lowering or inclination of the head or body as a mark of respect, greeting, or assent
take a bow to acknowledge or receive applause or praise
See also bow out

Word Origin for bow

Old English būgan, related to Old Norse bjūgr bent, Old High German biogan to bend, Dutch buigen

British Dictionary definitions for bower (5 of 7)

bow

2
/ (bəʊ) /

noun

verb

to form or cause to form a curve or curves
to make strokes of a bow across (violin strings)

Word Origin for bow

Old English boga arch, bow; related to Old Norse bogi a bow, Old High German bogo, Old Irish bocc, and bow 1

British Dictionary definitions for bower (6 of 7)

bow

3
/ (baʊ) /

noun

mainly nautical
  1. (often plural) the forward end or part of a vessel
  2. (as modifier)the bow mooring line
rowing short for bowman 2
on the port bow nautical within 45 degrees to the port of straight ahead
on the starboard bow nautical within 45 degrees to the starboard of straight ahead
a shot across someone's bows informal a warning

Word Origin for bow

C15: probably from Low German boog; related to Dutch boeg, Danish bov ship's bow, shoulder; see bough

British Dictionary definitions for bower (7 of 7)

Bow

/ (bəʊ) /

noun

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Idioms and Phrases with bower

bow


In addition to the idioms beginning with bow

  • bow and scrape
  • bowl of cherries, life is just a
  • bowl over
  • bow out

also see:

  • take a bow
  • two strings to one's bow
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