bow·​yer ˈbō-yər How to pronounce bowyer (audio)
: a maker of shooting bows

Examples of bowyer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clem also has worked as a bowyer, a craftsman of bows, for a decade. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Zeljko Ilicic, bowyer, a maker of wooden bows and arrows, moulds a piece of wood to make a bow, in his workshop in the town of Lapovo, in central Serbia, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2017 Bow makers, known as bowyers, layer the wood with fiberglass, resin and occasionally some carbon (similar to what’s done in ski construction). Brigid Mander, WSJ, 6 July 2017 Bowyer won at Sonoma in 2012 and is piloting the car that Tony Stewart drove to victory — the last of Stewart’s NASCAR career — last year. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, 23 June 2017

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Word History


Middle English bowyere

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowyer was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bowyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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