Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Boomorah noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) A small West African chevrotain ( Hyæmoschus aquaticus ), resembling the musk deer.
Boomslange noun [ Dutch boom tree + slang snake.] (Zoology) A large South African tree snake ( Bucephalus Capensis ). Although considered venomous by natives, it has no poison fangs.
[ Middle English bone
, a petition, from Icelandic bōn
; akin to Swedish & Danish bän
, Anglo-Saxon bēn
, and perhaps to English ban
; but influenced by French bon
good, from Latin bonus
. √86. See 2d Ban
.] 1. A prayer or petition.
For which to God he made so many an idle boon . 2. That which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a benefaction; a grant; a present.
Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above.
James i. 17 (Rev. Ver. ).
[ French bon
. See Boon
] 1. Good; prosperous; as, boon voyage.
[ Obsolete] 2. Kind; bountiful; benign.
Which . . . Nature boon 3. Gay; merry; jovial; convivial.
Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.
A boon companion, loving his bottle.
Boon noun [ Scot. boon , bune , been , Gael. & Ir. bunach coarse tow, from bun root, stubble.] The woody portion flax, which is separated from the fiber as refuse matter by retting, braking, and scutching.
[ Dutch boer
farmer, boor; akin to Anglo-Saxon geb...r
countryman, German bauer
; from the root of Anglo-Saxon b...an
to inhabit, and akin to English bower
. Confer Neighbor
, and Big
to build.] 1. A husbandman; a peasant; a rustic; esp. a clownish or unrefined countryman. 2. A Dutch, German, or Russian peasant; esp. a Dutch colonist in South Africa, Guiana, etc.: a boer. 3. A rude ill-bred person; one who is clownish in manners.
Boorish adjective Like a boor; clownish; uncultured; unmannerly.
Which is in truth a gross and boorish opinion.
Boose noun [ Anglo-Saxon bōs , bōsig ; akin to Icelandic bāss , Swedish bås , Danish baas , stall, German banse , Goth. bansts barn, Sanskrit bhāsas stall. √252.] A stall or a crib for an ox, cow, or other animal. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Boose intransitive verb To drink excessively. See Booze .
Booser noun A toper; a guzzler. See Boozer .
(bōst) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Boosted
; present participle & verbal noun Boosting
.] [ Confer Boast
, intransitive verb
] To lift or push from behind (one who is endeavoring to climb); to push up; hence, to assist in overcoming obstacles, or in making advancement.
[ Colloq. U. S.]
Boost (bōst) noun A push from behind, as to one who is endeavoring to climb; help. [ Colloq. U. S.]
Booster noun (Electricity) An instrument for regulating the electro-motive force in an alternating- current circuit; -- so called because used to "boost", or raise, the pressure in the circuit.
[ Middle English bot
, advantage, amends, cure, Anglo-Saxon bōt
; akin to Icelandic bōt
, Swedish bot
, Danish bod
, Goth. bōta
, Dutch boete
, German busse
; prop., a making good or better, from the root of English better
, adj. √255.] 1. Remedy; relief; amends; reparation; hence, one who brings relief.
He gaf the sike man his boote .
Thou art boot for many a bruise
And healest many a wound.
Sir W. Scott.
Next her Son, our soul's best boot . 2. That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged.
I'll give you boot , I'll give you three for one. 3. Profit; gain; advantage; use.
Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot . To boot
, in addition; over and above; besides; as a compensation for the difference of value between things bartered.
Helen, to change, would give an eye to boot .
A man's heaviness is refreshed long before he comes to drunkenness, for when he arrives thither he hath but changed his heaviness, and taken a crime to boot .
Boot transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Booted
; present participle & verbal noun Booting
.] 1. To profit; to advantage; to avail; -- generally followed by it ; as, what boots it?
What booteth it to others that we wish them well, and do nothing for them?
To change like this a mind so far imbued
With scorn of man, it little boots to know.
What boots to us your victories? 2. To enrich; to benefit; to give in addition.
And I will boot thee with what gift beside
Thy modesty can beg.
[ Middle English bote
, Old French bote
, French botte
, Late Latin botta
; of uncertain origin.] 1. A covering for the foot and lower part of the leg, ordinarily made of leather. 2. An instrument of torture for the leg, formerly used to extort confessions, particularly in Scotland.
So he was put to the torture, which in Scotland they call the boots ; for they put a pair of iron boots close on the leg, and drive wedges between them and the leg. 3. A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.
[ Obsolete] 4. A place for baggage at either end of an old- fashioned stagecoach. 5. An apron or cover (of leather or rubber cloth) for the driving seat of a vehicle, to protect from rain and mud. 6. (Plumbing) The metal casing and flange fitted about a pipe where it passes through a roof. Boot catcher
, the person at an inn whose business it was to pull off boots and clean them.
[ Obsolete] Swift.
-- Boot closer
, one who, or that which, sews the uppers of boots.
-- Boot crimp
, a frame or device used by bootmakers for drawing and shaping the body of a boot.
-- Boot hook
, a hook with a handle, used for pulling on boots.
-- Boots and saddles (Cavalry Tactics)
, the trumpet call which is the first signal for mounted drill.
-- Sly boots
. See Slyboots , in the Vocabulary.
Boot intransitive verb To boot one's self; to put on one's boots.
Boot noun Booty; spoil. [ Obsolete or R.] Shak.
Bootblack noun One who blacks boots.
1. Wearing boots, especially boots with long tops, as for riding; as, a booted squire. 2. (Zoology) Having an undivided, horny, bootlike covering; -- said of the tarsus of some birds.
Bootee noun A half boot or short boot.
Booth (bō&thlig;) noun [ Middle English bothe ; confer Icelandic būð , Dan. & Swedish bod , Middle High German buode , German bude , baude ; from the same root as Anglo-Saxon būan to dwell, English boor , bower , be ; confer Bohem. bauda , Pol. buda , Russian budka , Lithuanian buda, W. bwth , plural bythod , Gael. buth , Ir. both .]
1. A house or shed built of boards, boughs, or other slight materials, for temporary occupation. Camden. 2. A covered stall or temporary structure in a fair or market, or at a polling place.
Boothale transitive verb & i. [ Boot , for booty + hale .] To forage for booty; to plunder. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
1. Stocking hose, or spatterdashes, in lieu of boots. Shak. 2. Hose made to be worn with boots, as by travelers on horseback. Sir W. Scott.
Bootikin noun [ Boot + - kin .]
1. A little boot, legging, or gaiter. 2. A covering for the foot or hand, worn as a cure for the gout. H. Walpole.
Booting noun Advantage; gain; gain by plunder; booty. [ Obsolete] Sir. J. Harrington.
Booting noun 1. A kind of torture. See Boot , noun , 2. 2. A kicking, as with a booted foot.
[ U. S.]
Bootjack noun A device for pulling off boots.
[ From Boot
profit.] Unavailing; unprofitable; useless; without advantage or success. Chaucer.
I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
Bootlick noun A toady. [ Low, U. S.] Bartlett.
Bootmaker noun One who makes boots. -- Boot"mak`ing , noun
Boots noun A servant at a hotel or elsewhere, who cleans and blacks the boots and shoes.
1. (Nautical) The act or process of daubing a vessel's bottom near the surface of the water with a mixture of tallow, sulphur, and resin, as a temporary protection against worms, after the slime, shells, etc., have been scraped off. 2. (Nautical) Sheathing a vessel with planking over felt.
wood, timber.] An instrument to stretch and widen the leg of a boot, consisting of two pieces, together shaped like a leg, between which, when put into the boot, a wedge is driven.
The pretty boots trimly stretched on boottrees .
Booty noun [ Confer Icelandic b...ti exchange, barter, Swedish byte barter, booty, Danish bytte ; akin to Dutch buit booty, German beute , and from Icelandic byta , Swedish byta , Danish bytte , to distribute, exchange. The Scandinavian word was influenced in English by boot profit.] That which is seized by violence or obtained by robbery, especially collective spoil taken in war; plunder; pillage. Milton. To play booty , to play dishonestly, with an intent to lose; to allow one's adversary to win at cards at first, in order to induce him to continue playing and victimize him afterwards. [ Obsolete] L'Estrange.
Booze intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Boozed
; present participle & verbal noun Boozing
.] [ Dutch buizen
; akin to German bausen
, and perhaps from Dutch buis
tube, channel, bus
box, jar.] To drink greedily or immoderately, esp. alcoholic liquor; to tipple.
[ Written also bouse
, and boose
This is better than boozing in public houses.
H. R. Haweis.
Booze noun A carouse; a drinking. Sir W. Scott.
Boozer noun One who boozes; a toper; a guzzler of alcoholic liquors; a bouser.
Boozy adjective A little intoxicated; fuddled; stupid with liquor; bousy. [ Colloq.] C. Kingsley.
.] The act of looking out suddenly, as from behind a screen, so as to startle some one (as by children in play), or of looking out and drawing suddenly back, as if frightened.
I for sorrow sung,
That such a king should play bopeep ,
And go the fools among.
Borable adjective Capable of being bored. [ R.]
[ Spanish borracha
a leather bottle for wine, borracho
drunk, from borra
a lamb.] A large leather bottle for liquors, etc., made of the skin of a goat or other animal. Hence: A drunkard.
You're an absolute borachio .
[ Confer French boracique
. See Borax
.] Pertaining to, or produced from, borax; containing boron; boric; as, boracic acid.
Boracite noun (Min.) A mineral of a white or gray color occurring massive and in isometric crystals; in composition it is a magnesium borate with magnesium chloride.
Boracous adjective (Chemistry) Relating to, or obtained from, borax; containing borax.
Borage noun [ Middle English borage (cf. French bourrache , Italian borraggine , borrace , Late Latin borago , borrago , LGr. ... ), from Late Latin borra , French bourre , hair of beasts, flock; so called from its hairy leaves.] (Botany) A mucilaginous plant of the genus Borago (B. officinalis), which is used, esp. in France, as a demulcent and diaphoretic.
Boötes (bo*ō"tēz) noun [ Latin Bootes , Greek bow`ths herdsman, from boy^s , gen. boo`s , ox, cow.] (Astron.) A northern constellation, containing the bright star Arcturus.