bowser: mobile water dispenser

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Sun Jul 29 08:03:21 UTC 2007

> Not in OED. Closest sense is bowser2, 'petrol pump or tanker'; see below.
> This can be subsumed as a transference, but it's outside the chiefly
> antipodean usage area.

The water-wagon sense is peculiarly British. Noted in my newsletter this
week. See

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