from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Large; stout; burly.
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I don't everyways like Missus Tresize, but she's a bowerly woman an 'nimble for her age -- which can't be forty, not by a year or two.
Mrs Pengelly was a bowerly woman, and traded in lollipops.
a braave, bowerly maid you'm grawin ', sure' nough!
"Lord!" he exclaimed, "but that's a poor lookout for such a bowerly maid as you be!