bowse

1
[bous, bouz]

bowse

2
[booz, bouz]
noun, verb (used with or without object), bowsed, bows·ing.
  1. bouse2.

bouse

1

or bowse

[bous, bouz]
verb (used with object), boused, bous·ing. Nautical.
  1. to haul with tackle.

Origin of bouse

1
First recorded in 1585–95; of uncertain origin

bouse

2

or bowse

[booz, bouz]
noun
  1. liquor or drink.
  2. a drinking bout; carouse.
verb (used with or without object), boused, bous·ing.
  1. 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

bowse

verb
  1. a variant spelling of bouse

bouse

bowse

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

Word Origin for bouse

C16: of unknown origin
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