Origin: earlier bouse, bowse < MDu busen; akin to MHG bus, a bloating fullness; ult. < IE *bhōu-, var. of base *bheu-, to grow, swell: see be
- an alcoholic drink; liquor
- a drinking spree
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- a. Hard liquor.b. An alcoholic beverage.
- A drinking spree.
Origin: Alteration of obsolete bouse, from Middle English bousen, to drink to excess, from Middle Dutch būsen.
- boozˈer noun
- boozˈi·ly adverb
- boozˈy adjective