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[boz-wel, -wuh l] /ˈbɒzˌwɛl, -wəl/
James, 1740–95, Scottish author: biographer of Samuel Johnson.
any devoted biographer of a specific person.
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[boz-wel-ee-uh n] /bɒzˈwɛl i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Boswell mentions his having uttered a remark about Hume, too gross to be committed to paper.

  • "I expect she won't take a fancy to Boswell very early," said Keating.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Mr. Boswell, of Cobourg, admitted that Sir Francis had said he knew a good deal.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • But even in those days as a callow, trusting youth, he'd been smarter than Boswell.

    Zero Data Charles Saphro
  • Johnson, also, was gone, and the two strongest checks upon the excesses of Boswell were removed.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
British Dictionary definitions for Boswell


James. 1740–95, Scottish author and lawyer, noted particularly for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
Derived Forms
Boswellian (bɒzˈwɛlɪən) adjective
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