Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BOSIE, BOSEY, BOSY, BOZY, BOZIE, n. and v. [′bo:zi]

1. n. The bosom. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1842  J. Ballantine in Whistle-Binkie (3rd Series) 54:
Wi' a shower o' snaw, Flaiket owre her bozy.
Abd. 1790  A. Shirrefs Poems 357:
Syn' round you baith my nives to crook, Close to my bosy.
Ags. 1894  A. Reid Sangs o' the Heatherland 41:
Bairnie, cuddlin' in my bosie, Bonnie bairnie, sweet an' rosie.
Ayr. publ. 1892  H. Ainslie Pilgrimage, etc., and Poems 340:
I fan' her dear wee bosey then Was melting into mine.

2. v. To take to one's bosom. Bnff.(D) 1933  M. Symon Deveron Days 36:
It cried, “Ye jaud, ye fuged the school,” It speired, “Fa bosied Bell?”
Abd.(D) 1920  G. P. Dunbar Guff o' Peat Reek 25:
An' at antrin times she'd bozie him, An' tak' him on her knee.

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"Bosie n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Mar 2018 <>



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