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Definition of bosky

1 : having abundant trees or shrubs
2 : of or relating to a woods

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Bosky Has Roots in Middle English

Bosk, busk, bush-in Middle English these were all variant spellings of a word meaning "shrub." Bush is still familiar to the modern ear, and busk can still be heard in a few places in the dialects of northern Britain. Bosk too survived in English dialects, although it disappeared from the written language, and in the early 17th century it provided the root for the woodsy adjective bosky. Since its formation, bosky has been firmly rooted in our language, and its widespread popularity seems to have resurrected its parental form. By 1815 bosk (also spelled bosque) had reappeared in writing, but this time with the meaning "a small wooded area."

Examples of bosky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a bosky corner of Blumenholz, the property that adjoins my family’s Blumenhagen, lie six war graves from 1945: Germans, Russians, and one unknown. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, "Two Germanys," 16 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, Pianon stayed away from the sea, well back in the bosky garden, made discreet evening visits to Noelline in her cinder-block house, and twice took her on weekend excursions to Mahajanga. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020 There’s the prickling sense, reading Macfarlane like Dyer, that a library door or a manhole cover or a bosky path might lead you not just to the end of a chapter but to a drugs party or a rave. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘Underland’ Offers Excellent Nature Writing From Deep, Dark Places," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of bosky

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bosky

bosk, boske "shrub, thicket" (going back to Middle English bosk, boske, buske, by-forms of bussh, bosch) + -y entry 1 — more at bush entry 1

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“Bosky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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