bowie knife

[ boh-ee, boo-ee ]
/ ˈboʊ i, ˈbu i /


a heavy sheath knife having a long, single-edged blade.

Origin of bowie knife

1830–40, Americanism; named after James Bowie, for whom the knife was designed, either by James or his brother Rezin P. Bowie (1793–1841) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bowie knife

bowie knife

/ (ˈbəʊɪ) /


a stout hunting knife with a short hilt and a guard for the hand

Word Origin for bowie knife

C19: named after Jim Bowie, who popularized it
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Word Origin and History for bowie knife

bowie knife

1827, named for its inventor, U.S. fighter and frontiersman Col. James "Jim" Bowie (1799-1836), and properly pronounced "boo-ee."

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