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

  • n. Hard liquor.
  • n. An alcoholic beverage.
  • n. A drinking spree.
  • intransitive v. To drink alcoholic beverages excessively or chronically.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any alcoholic beverage.
  • v. To drink alcohol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A carouse; a drinking.
  • n. any alcoholic beverage, especially a strong beverage such as whiskey.
  • intransitive v. To drink greedily or immoderately, esp. alcoholic liquor; to tipple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drink deeply, especially with a boon companion and to partial intoxication; guzzle liquor; tipple, Also bouse, bouze, bowse.
  • n. Liquor; drink.
  • n. A drinking-bout; a spree.

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

  • v. consume alcohol
  • n. an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented


Alteration of obsolete bouse, from Middle English bousen, to drink to excess, from Middle Dutch būsen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of bowse. (Wiktionary)



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