bowsed; bowsing

transitive verb

: to haul by means of a tackle

intransitive verb

: to bowse something

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1614, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowse was circa 1614

Dictionary Entries Near bowse

Cite this Entry

“Bowse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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