bowse

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bousen, from Middle Dutch būsen, buisen, buysen (to drink heavily). Related to Middle High German būsen (to swell, inblow). More at beer.

Verb[edit]

bowse (third-person singular simple present bowses, present participle bowsing, simple past and past participle bowsed)

  1. (archaic) To drink excessively and socially; to carouse.
    • 1819, John Keats, "Lines on the Mermaid Tavern":
      O generous food! / Dressed as though bold Robin Hood, / Would, with his maid Marian, / Sup and bowse from horn and can.

Noun[edit]

bowse (plural bowses)

  1. A carouse; a drinking bout; a booze.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.

Verb[edit]

bowse (third-person singular simple present bowses, present participle bowsing, simple past and past participle bowsed)

  1. (nautical) To haul or hoist (something) with a tackle.