bowse

1
[ bous, bouz ]
/ baʊs, baʊz /

verb (used with object), bowsed, bows·ing. Nautical.

Definition for bowse (2 of 4)

bowse2
[ booz, bouz ]
/ buz, baʊz /

noun, verb (used with or without object), bowsed, bows·ing.

Definition for bowse (3 of 4)

bouse1

or bowse

[ bous, bouz ]
/ baʊs, baʊz /

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

to haul with tackle.

Origin of bouse

1
First recorded in 1585–95; of uncertain origin

Definition for bowse (4 of 4)

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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British Dictionary definitions for bowse (1 of 2)

bowse
/ (baʊz) /

verb

a variant spelling of bouse

British Dictionary definitions for bowse (2 of 2)

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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