DSL - SND1 BOWSIE , BOWZIE, Boosie, n.2 ``The name of a huge, misshapen, hairy monster invoked by foolish mothers and nurses to frighten obstinate and troublesome children'' (Sc. 1887 Jam.6; Kcb.9 1935). [buzi, bu:zi]
*Gall. 1930 (per Wgt.3):
``What ails ye, weans?'' said Jess; and Acky answered, ``We saw a bowsie , grannie.''
Comb.: bowzie-man, boosie-, ``a bogie-man'' (Ayr. 1914 T.S.D.C . I, bowzie-).
My wife used to be threatened with the ``boosie-man'' by an old woman who had lived most of her life in Glasgow but had come originally from some place in the West of Scotland.
[Prob. the same as foregoing but influenced in meaning by boozy (s.v.
[BOUZY]), hairy, etc., and bu-kow (see [BO], n.1, 3 (1)), another common name used to frighten refractory children.]