Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BAUSY, n. and adj.

1. n. A big, fat person or animal. n.Sc. 1898  W. Gregor in E.D.D.:
Sic a bausy o' a wife's he's mairriet! She'll fill's oxter.

2. adj. Large, fat, coarse. Applied to human beings (gen. women) and animals. n.Sc. 1898  W. Gregor in E.D.D.:
That's a fell bausy dehm it he's gotten for a kitchie lass.
A big bausy cat wiz sittin o' the aul wife's knee.

[See Bas, n.1, and Bassie, n.3]

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