Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BOOSCHT, Busht, n. A little talkative person. The term is frequently used in a disparaging sense. [buʃt, bʌʃt] Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 15; Bnff.2 1935:
“He's a gang[e]in' booscht o' a mannie.” Eng. chatterbox.
Ib. 32:
He's a peer crochlin' busht o' a mannie.
Abd.2 1935:
A nesty booscht o' a cratur.

[Origin doubtful. Might be connected with Boose, v.3, or with the stem of bustle, or Buist, a box.]

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