Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

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.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Booscht n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 26 Sep 2021 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: