American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who makes or sells bows for archery.
- n. Archaic An archer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An archer; one who uses a bow: as, “the bowyer king,”
- n. One who makes bows.
- n. Same as boyer.
- n. A person who makes or sells bows (for use with arrows).
- n. archaic A person who uses the bow, an archer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An archer; one who uses bow.
- n. One who makes or sells bows.
- From Middle English bowyere, bowȝere, variant forms of bowere ("bowyer"), equivalent to bow + -yer. (Wiktionary)
“My cousin is a bowyer who makes recurve bows that are as deadly in the woods as they are gorgeous.”
“I've owned a Silvertip, crafted by bowyer Dave Windauer, for years, and I shoot it better than any recurve I've ever had.”
“All the while, she strove to make her own bow, a thing she™d at first thought impossible without the tools available to even the poorest bowyer in Qualinost.”
“Brynn pulled back on the bow, which had been fashioned of darkfern by a prominent elven bowyer.”
“Quick had won over the skeptic. with Sol's help, Quick went from cobbler to bowyer and Per.”
“In the _Archaeologia_.vol. vi. we find it stated that "Artillery (_artillérie_) is a French term signifying _Archery_, as the king's _bowyer_ is in that language styled _artillier du roy; _ and from that nation the English seem to have learnt at least the cross-bow archery.”
“It was found that six men, whose names were John Derby, _alias_ Wright, a bowyer, Richard Smyth, a carpenter, William Sympson, a fuller, Henry”
“There was a burst of laughter and applause as Ralph the bowyer, the comedian of the company, came limping in, got up in the character of an old quack who had physicked half the spectators.”
“This Roger explained, hopping with excitement, for he was full of information gathered from Ralph the bowyer, his firm friend.”
“Lord, that a man should carry four trades under one hat, and be bowyer, fletcher, stringer and headmaker!”
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