bowyang

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From British dialect (Lincolnshire) bowy-yanks (leather leggings).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bowyang (plural bowyangs)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) A strap worn below the knee, especially by labourers, to keep the trousers up or to stop them stretching while bending.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 75:
      Jack McGrath […] travelled innocently beside his team in his faded red shirt, his moleskins, bowyangs, and heavy boots.