verb (used with object), bowsed, bows·ing. Nautical.
noun, verb (used with or without object), bowsed, bows·ing.
verb (used with object), boused, bous·ing. Nautical.
- to haul with tackle.
Origin of bouse1
First recorded in 1585–95; of uncertain origin
- 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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for bowse
Historical Examples of bowse
“I see something which has a sail, though,” exclaimed Bowse.
“I would rather we could catch her again with a few of them in her,” observed Bowse.
“And you,” said Zappa, in the same patois, turning to Bowse.
Bowse repeated the question, in the lingua Franca of those seas.
“No, miss, the cold—the night air may do you harm,” rejoined Bowse.
British Dictionary definitions for bowse
- a variant spelling of bouse
- (tr) nautical to raise or haul with a tackle
Word Origin for bouse
C16: of unknown origin
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