transitive verb

in Cornwall
: to duck in water as a treatment for insanity

Word History


modification of Cornish beuzi, bedhy, büdhy to drown, submerge; akin to Old Irish bāidim I drown (transitive), Welsh boddi to drown

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“Bowssen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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