from The Century Dictionary.

  • Large; stout; burly.


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  • Bowerly is very lightly documented. It seems to be a variant of burly in some dialect in England. Curiously, all the usage examples supplied apply the adjective to women. It may be one of those words like catty, that we assume to be a description of female behavior, or bastard, which is an epithet restricted to males, although in neither case does the word's root meaning imply such a limit. Bowerly does denote impressive size but does not seem especially pejorative.

    March 31, 2015

  • Retreat was more kindly than cowardly;

    From "bower" he guessed wee and flowery.

    His hopeful surmise

    Was dashed by her size.

    She's no dainty bud if she's bowerly.

    March 31, 2015