bouse

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See also: Bouse and boûse

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Of unknown origin.

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Verb[edit]

bouse (third-person singular simple present bouses, present participle bousing, simple past and past participle boused)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

bouse (plural bouses)

  1. (obsolete) drink, especially alcoholic drink
    • 1665, Head, Richard, The English Rogue[1], page 46:
      Bien Darkmans then, Bouse Mort and Ken
  2. (obsolete) a carouse; a booze
    • 1858, Carlyle, Thomas, History of Friedrich II of Prussia[2], volume 1, Chapman and Hall, published 1873, page 192:
      Six-and-twenty years of prison; the first seventeen years of it strict and hard, almost of the dungeon sort; the remainder, on his fairly abdicating, was in another Castle, that of Callundborg in the Island of Zealand, 'with fine apartments and conveniences,' and even 'a good bouse of liquor now and then,' at discretion of the old soul.

Verb[edit]

bouse (third-person singular simple present bouses, present participle bousing, simple past and past participle boused)

  1. (obsolete) To drink immoderately; to carouse; to booze.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Gaulish or Ancient Ligurian.

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Noun[edit]

bouse f (plural bouses)

  1. dung
  2. (heraldry) water-bouget

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