Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The belly.
- n. The trunk of the body; hence, the body itself.
- n. Same as bulk.
- A dialectal form of bolk.
- A dialectal form of buck.
- n. The belly.
- n. The trunk or torso of the body, hence the body itself.
- n. The carcass of a slaughtered animal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The body.
- n. Scot. Bulk; volume.
- From Middle English bouk, from Old English būc ("belly, stomach, pitcher"), from Proto-Germanic *būkaz (“belly, body”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to blow, swell”). Cognate with Scots bouk, bowk, buik ("body, carcass"), Dutch buik ("belly"), German Bauch ("belly, stomach"), Swedish buk ("belly, abdomen"), Icelandic búkur ("torso"). See also bucket. (Wiktionary)
“` ` He has a look of auld Humphrey Ettercap, the tinkler, that perished in this very moss about five years syne, 'answered his superstitious companion; ` ` but Humphrey wasna that awfu big in the bouk.' ”
“He may ken mair o't, either by villains on earth, or devils below --- I'll hae it frae him, if I should cut it out o 'his misshapen bouk wi' my whinger. ”
“I alloo the sin itsel mayna be jist damnable, but to what bouk mayna it come wi ither and waur sins upo the back o '' t?”
“He has mair wit in his wee finger than ye hae in your hale bouk.”
“I have found that so many patients just sit there and nod their head as the Dr talks babbly bouk.”
“He has a look of auld Humphrey Ettercap, the tinkler, that perished in this very moss about five years syne," answered his superstitious companion; "but Humphrey wasna that awfu 'big in the bouk.”
“I was at the winding of the corpse; and when the bluid was washed off, he was a bonny bouk of man’s body.””
“By the grace o’ Mercy, the horse swarved round, and I fell aff at the tae side as the ball whistled by at the tither, and the fell auld lord took the Whig such a swauk wi’ his broadsword that he made twa pieces o’ his head, and down fell the lurdance wi’ a’ his bouk abune me.””
“He may ken mair o’t, either by villains on earth, or devils below — I’ll hae it frae him, if I should cut it out o’ his mis-shapen bouk wi’ my whinger.””
““He has a look of auld Humphrey Ettercap, the tinkler, that perished in this very moss about five years syne,” answered his superstitious companion; “but Humphrey wasna that awfu’ big in the bouk.””
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