Origin of bowser

1930–35; said to be after S.F. Bowser and Co., a Sydney manufacturer of gasoline and oil storage systems Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of bowser

  • There was a modesty in Bowser's tone that gave me a better opinion of him.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Once I met Bowser on his way to his work, a roll of theatre-bills under his arm.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • She had sat all day at the window watching for his return, so Bowser told me.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Suppose this did happen to be Sim Clark or Bowser, what had he been doing in the marsh?

    Darry the Life Saver

    Frank V. Webster

  • Now that is something that Bowser the Hound never can stand.

    Mother West Wind's Children

    Thornton W. Burgess

British Dictionary definitions for bowser


  1. a tanker containing fuel for aircraft, military vehicles, etc
  2. Australian and NZ obsolete a petrol pump

Word Origin for bowser

originally a US proprietary name, from S. F. Bowser, US inventor, who made the first one in 1885
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Word Origin and History for bowser

a dog's name, 1806, perhaps imitative of baying.

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