verb (bowsed; bowsing) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1593 transitive verb to haul by means of a tackle intransitive verb to bowse something

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  • Bowse — Bowse, v. i. [See {Booze}, and {Bouse}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To carouse; to bouse; to booze. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To pull or haul; as, to bowse upon a tack; to bowse away, i. e., to pull all together. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bowse — Bowse, n. A carouse; a drinking bout; a booze. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowse — verb a) To drink excessively and socially. O generous food! / Dressed as though bold Robin Hood, / Would, with his maid Marian, / Sup and bowse from horn and can. b) To haul or hoist (something) with a tackle …   Wiktionary

  • bowse — bowse1 /bows, bowz/, v.t., bowsed, bowsing. Naut. bouse1. bowse2 /boohz, bowz/, n., v.t., v.i., bowsed, bowsing. bouse2. * * * …   Universalium

  • bowse — v. haul or pull with a tackle (Nautical); carouse, drink too much or more than enough, booze (also bouse) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bowse — bowes …   Anagrams dictionary

  • bowse — /baʊz/ (say bowz) verb (t) (bowsed, bowsing) Nautical 1. to tighten up; secure. 2. to haul with tackle. {origin unknown} …  

  • bowse — verb haul with a tackle • Syn: ↑bouse • Hypernyms: ↑haul, ↑hale, ↑cart, ↑drag • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • bowes — bowse …   Anagrams dictionary

  • bouse — bouse1 /bows, bowz/, v.t., boused, bousing. Naut. to haul with tackle. Also, bowse. [1585 95; of uncert. orig.] bouse2 /boohz, bowz/, n., v., boused, bousing. n. 1. liquor or drink. 2. a drinking bout; carouse …   Universalium

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