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  • BOWSIE, _adj. _ crooked; applied to a crooked person, who is called a _bowsie_.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXIV. Alexander Leighton 1837

  • Among many other evill conditions, very frequent and familiar in her husband Tofano; he tooke a great delight in drinking, which not only he held to be a commendable quality, but was alwaies so often solicited thereto: that Cheta her selfe began to like and allow it in him, feeding his humor so effectually, with quaffing and carowsing, that (at any time when she listed) she could make him bowsie beyonde all measure: and leaving him sleeping in this drunkennesse, would alwayes get her selfe to bed.

    The Decameron 2004


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