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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Definitions for towser

  1. a big dog.
  2. Informal. a big, hearty person, especially one who is very energetic: He is a towser for rough outdoor work.

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Citations for towser
In the house, even on the hearth-rug before the fire, Tabby has not a moment's peace. In comes some visitor with a Towser. Tabby's back goes up, her tail dilates with anger, and she spits and strikes in great distress … , "Cats and Dogs," The Kingdom of Nature: An Illustrated Museum of the Animal World, edited by Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1900
"Leander tells me," said Girling, "that it's a credited legend in dogdom that when old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard, there was no bone fit for a towser to eat in it, but there was a skeleton. Horace Annesley Vachell, Nether Applewhite: A Story of Strange Lives in an English Village, 1934
Origin of towser
Towser is formed on the basis of the word touse meaning "to handle roughly; dishevel" or "to struggle; tussle." It entered English in the mid-1600s.