Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having an abundance of bushes, shrubs, or trees.
  • adjective Of or relating to woods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Woody; consisting of or covered with bushes; full of thickets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Woody or bushy; covered with boscage or thickets.
  • adjective Caused by boscage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having abundant bushes, shrubs or trees.
  • adjective Caused by trees or shrubs.
  • adjective Bushy, bristling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective covered with or consisting of bushes or thickets

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English bosk, bush, from Medieval Latin bosca, of Germanic origin.]

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From bosk +‎ -y.

Examples

  • Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, and looks down from the summit of the ridge on the western side of the hills upon the richly wooded and beautifully undulating country which lies stretched beneath as far as the mountains of South Wales, would at once be struck with the 'bosky' nature of the scenery, and its perfect adaptation for the formation of deer-parks and sylvan residences. "

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 29, August, 1873

  • By night its quiet, bosky pathways made it a favourite hang-out for gay men.

    The Priest

  • When I arrive, Redesdale has had word from his spies that a grey has been sighted in Kielder Forest, so we lose no time in taking off for that bosky locale in his family tank.

    Lord Bonkers' Diary: Shooting squirrels with Lord Redesdale

  • A series of outdoor concerts that takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night over the summer in some of the city's loveliest green spaces, from Jean Nouvel's ferociously futuristic Parc Central del Poblenou to the bosky Turó Park.

    10 of the best outdoors activities in Barcelona

  • A series of outdoor concerts that takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night over the summer in some of the city's loveliest green spaces, from Jean Nouvel's ferociously futuristic Parc Central del Poblenou to the bosky Turó Park.

    10 of the best outdoors activities in Barcelona

  • "The diptych Canada V beguiles with its bosky masses, its incantatory lights and darks, its use of white around the cut between its two panels, and its oddly right colors pale mint, white claret, and the color of night."

    A Fiercely Gifted Artist

  • The effect was of wandering from room to room through the ruins of some bosky castle or Mayan ruins in a jungle.

    Wildwood

  • The effect was of wandering from room to room through the ruins of some bosky castle or Mayan ruins in a jungle.

    Wildwood

  • Like the rest of us, they're attracted to suburbs such as Hinsdale, a bosky village of 16,700 only 20 minutes from the Loop.

    Here Come The Joneses

  • From Texas, Dreher reminds us of some of the aesthetic delights of autumn: The wood smoke on the wind, the first fire in the hearth, cheery orange pumpkins and the sweet bosky aroma of decaying pecan leaves.

    Autumn, a time for conservatives

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  • There's a road near where I live called Boskydell. I didn't know that bosky was a word! Bosky dell - what a pretty image and yummy mouthful.

    March 19, 2008

  • ...a brown and brawny company, with bosky beards; an unshorn, shaggy set...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 5

    July 23, 2008

  • yarb, great quote, where's it from?

    August 24, 2008

  • additional meaning:

    adj. tipsy; almost drunk

    October 23, 2008

  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • (adjective) - Elated with liquor.

    --William Cope's Glossary of Hampshire Words and Phrases, 1883

    January 17, 2018