Definitions

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

  • noun One who makes or sells bows for archery.
  • noun Archaic An archer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as boyer.
  • noun An archer; one who uses a bow: as, “the bowyer king,”
  • noun One who makes bows.

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

  • noun An archer; one who uses bow.
  • noun One who makes or sells bows.

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

  • noun A person who makes or sells bows (for use with arrows).
  • noun archaic A person who uses the bow, an archer.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bowyere, bowȝere, variant forms of bowere ("bowyer"), equivalent to bow +‎ -yer.

Examples

  • My cousin is a bowyer who makes recurve bows that are as deadly in the woods as they are gorgeous.

    High Tech Bow Building

  • I've owned a Silvertip, crafted by bowyer Dave Windauer, for years, and I shoot it better than any recurve I've ever had.

    Using a Bow Doesn't Have to Mean Breaking the Bank

  • 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.

    The Lioness

  • Brynn pulled back on the bow, which had been fashioned of darkfern by a prominent elven bowyer.

    Ascendance

  • Brynn pulled back on the bow, which had been fashioned of darkfern by a prominent elven bowyer.

    Ascendance

  • Quick had won over the skeptic. with Sol's help, Quick went from cobbler to bowyer and Per.

    A different flesh

  • It was found that six men, whose names were John Derby, _alias_ Wright, a bowyer, Richard Smyth, a carpenter, William Sympson, a fuller, Henry

    London and the Kingdom - Volume I

  • 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."

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 538, March 17, 1832

  • 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.

    Masters of the Guild

  • This Roger explained, hopping with excitement, for he was full of information gathered from Ralph the bowyer, his firm friend.

    Masters of the Guild

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