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). ['bVuzi, '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-).
    *Rnf.3 1914:
    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.]