dows·​er | \ ˈdau̇-zər How to pronounce dowser (audio) \

Definition of dowser

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: divining rod also : a person who uses it


Definition of dowser (Entry 2 of 2)

less common spelling of

Examples of dowser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The divining rod pulled the dowser up the driveway, past the cabin, adroitly between trees and over the full length of our dock to its end, where he — sploosh! — fell into four feet of lake water. Dick Teresi, New York Times, "The Truth Is Out There, and the Feds Paid to Find It," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of dowser


1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Dowser.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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