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bowler1

[boh-ler] /ˈboʊ lər/
noun
1.
a person who bowl, especially a participant in a bowling game, as candlepins or tenpins.
2.
Cricket. the player who throws the ball to be played by the batsman.
Origin of bowler1
1490-1500
1490-1500; bowl2 + -er1

bowler2

[boh-ler] /ˈboʊ lər/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
derby (def 5).
Origin
1860-65; bowl1 + -er1
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  • It is the bowler hat of the East, and I dont know which I hate most—it or the bowler.

    From sketch-book and diary Elizabeth Butler
  • Bob Pillin, in the fixed chair of the consultor, nursed his bowler on his knee.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • So he of the bowler was marched along a series of pegs indicating the subterranean drain, and set down in the court of the castle.

    Quick Action Robert W. Chambers
  • Never thought about that,” said bowler; “what do you say, Gay?

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • The door is opened; Snow comes in, a detective in plain clothes and bowler hat, with clipped moustaches.

  • But as one must frown at something, why not at the bowler hat?

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for bowler

bowler1

/ˈbəʊlə/
noun
1.
one who bowls in cricket
2.
a player at the game of bowls

bowler2

/ˈbəʊlə/
noun
1.
a stiff felt hat with a rounded crown and narrow curved brim US and Canadian name derby
Word Origin
C19: named after John Bowler, 19th-century London hatter

bowler3

/ˈbaʊlə/
noun
1.
(Dublin, dialect) a dog
Word Origin
perhaps from b(ow-wow) + (h)owler
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Word Origin and History for bowler
n.

"hard round hat," 1861, said to be from a J. Bowler, 19c. London hat manufacturer. A John Bowler of Surrey, hat manufacturer, was active from the 1820s to the 1840s, and a William Bowler, hat-manufacturer, of Southwark Bridge Road, Surrey, sought a patent in 1854 for "improvements in hats and other coverings for the head." But perhaps the word is simply from bowl (n.); cf. Old English heafodbolla "brainpan, skull." The earliest usages are with a lower-case b-.

"player at bowls," c.1500.

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