See also: Boose and bòose


Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bose, boose, from Old English *bōs (attested in bōsih, bōsig (cow-stall)), from Proto-Germanic *bansaz, *bandsaz, *bandstiz (stall), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (to tie, bind).

Alternative formsEdit



boose (plural booses)

  1. (dialect) A stall for an animal (usually a cow).
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
    • 1854 July 15, Notes and Queries, number 246, page 50:
      It especially used of the sweepings of cows' booses; and this leads me to remark that it is in the language connected with the farm that some of our good old English monosyllables are to be traced.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English bousen (verb) and bouse (noun).




  1. Alternative spelling of booze
    • 1922, A.E Housman, "The Oracles"
      'Tis true there's better boose than brine, but he that drowns must drink it;
      And oh, my lass, the news is news that men have heard before.
    • 1922, James Joyce, "Ulysses" Episode 8.
      Sucking duck eggs by God till further orders. Keep him off the boose, see? O, by God, Blazes is a hairy chap.


boose (third-person singular simple present booses, present participle boosing, simple past and past participle boosed)

  1. Alternative spelling of booze