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bowse1

[bous, bouz] /baʊs, baʊz/
verb (used with object), bowsed, bowsing. Nautical.
1.
bouse1 .

bowse2

[booz, bouz] /buz, baʊz/
noun, verb (used with or without object), bowsed, bowsing.
1.
bouse2 .

bouse1

or bowse

[bous, bouz] /baʊs, baʊz/
verb (used with object), boused, bousing. Nautical.
1.
to haul with tackle.
Origin of bouse1
1585-1595
1585-95; of uncertain origin

bouse2

or bowse

[booz, bouz] /buz, baʊz/
noun
1.
liquor or drink.
2.
a drinking bout; carouse.
verb (used with or without object), boused, bousing.
3.
to drink, especially to excess.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English bous strong drink < Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess; cf. booze
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Examples from the Web for bowse
Historical Examples
  • “I see something which has a sail, though,” exclaimed bowse.

  • “No, miss, the cold—the night air may do you harm,” rejoined bowse.

  • Mrs. bowse, his hard-worked landlady, began by being calmed down by his mere bearing when he came to apply for his room and board.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • While the colonel was speaking, bowse again looked at the speronara.

  • bowse repeated the question, in the lingua Franca of those seas.

  • “We will not give them time to look into that or anything else,” replied bowse.

  • "She's just a wonder, that girl," Mrs. bowse said to one boarder after another.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "That's true enough," said Mrs. bowse, looking at him sharply.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • A gun-tackle purchase applied to the ends of the truss-pendants, to bowse them taut home to the mast.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It took Mrs. bowse and her boarding-house less than a week definitely to like him.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for bowse

bowse

/baʊz/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of bouse

bouse

/baʊz/
verb
1.
(transitive) (nautical) to raise or haul with a tackle
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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