also BALSTONE, BAUCYNE, BAUSEN, BAUSTON,
BAUZON, BAWCYN, BAWSIN, BAWSON, BAWSONE,
BAWSTONE, BAWSYM, BORESON, BOSON
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big, fat, unwieldy, swollen ...1796 Eng. dial.
1. a badger ...c1325 arch.
2. a fat, clumsy, or pertinacious person ...1607 arch.
3. a clamorous, noisy, empty-headed person ...1830 Eng. dial.
4. an ugly person; any ugly thing ...1888 Eng. dial.
5. a stupidly persistent man ...19C arch.
Middle English bausen, from Old French bausen, bauzan,
the animal taking its name from the white mark on its face:
(But in Fr., bausen, etc., has never been applied to the badger, and its being so
used in English implies a much earlier use of the (adj.) than we have evidence of.)]
c 1325 - (for definition 1); Early English Alliterative Poems in the West-Midland Dialect;
see below From: Early English Alliterative Poems
in the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century
Edited by Richard Morris
Published for the Early English Text Society, 1864