- (US, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) An example; pattern.
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Something monstrous or portentous; a shocking sight; sorry spectacle; disgraceful thing.
- a shame and a bysen
- (UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland) A person presenting a ludicrous or disgusting spectacle.
In the U.S., the only acceptable spelling is "bisen."
(comparative more bysen, superlative most bysen)
From Middle English bysen, partly from Old English bȳsen (“example, pattern, model, similitude, parable, parallel, rule, command, precept”), and partly from Old Norse býsn (“a wonder, a portentous thing”), both from Proto-Germanic *būsniz (“command, precept”), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (“to ask, beg”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, perceive fully”). Cognate with Gothic (busns, “command, order”). See also forbisen, forbise.