bowery

bowery (n.) "farm, plantation," from Du. bowerij "homestead farm" (from the same source as BOWER (Cf. bower)); a Du. word probably little used in America outside New York, and there soon limited to one road, The Bowery, that ran from the built-up part of the city out to the plantations in middle Manhattan, attested from 1787; the city's growth soon overran it, and it was noted by 1840 as a commercial district notorious for squalor, rowdiness, and low life.
Bowery Boy, the typical New York tough of a generation or two ago, named from the street which he chiefly affected .... He rather prided himself on his uncouthness, his ignorance, and his desperado readiness to fight, but he also loved to have attention called to his courage, his gallantry to women, his patriotic enthusiasm, and his innate tenderness of heart. A fire and a thrilling melodrama called out all his energies and emotions. [Walsh, 1892]

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  • Bowery — Bow er*y, a. Characteristic of the street called the {Bowery}, in New York city; swaggering; flashy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bowery — Bow er*y, a. Shading, like a bower; full of bowers. [1913 Webster] A bowery maze that shades the purple streams. Trumbull. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowery — ☆ bowery [bou′ər ē, bou′rē ] n. pl. boweries [Du bouwerij, farm < bouer, boer, farmer: see BOOR] a farm or plantation of an early Dutch settler of New York the Bowery street in New York City, or the surrounding district: center of cheap hotels …   English World dictionary

  • Bowery — Bow er*y, n.; pl. {Boweries}. [D. bouwerij.] A farm or plantation with its buildings. [U. S. Hist.] [1913 Webster] The emigrants [in New York] were scattered on boweries or plantations; and seeing the evils of this mode of living widely apart,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bowery — to the west. [(citidex.com 2006) (Fodor s 1991)] . As a street, the Bowery was known as Bowery Lane prior to 1807 [(Brown, 1922)] and was the road leading to Peter Stuyvesant s farm or bouwerij . Today it runs from Chatham Square in the south to… …   Wikipedia

  • Bowery — St. Mark’s Church in der Bowery Die Bowery ist eine im Süden von Manhattan (New York) gelegene Straße und deren Umgebung. Begrenzt wird das Gebiet durch die East 4th Street und das East Village im Norden, die Canal Street und Chinatown im Süden,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bowery — 40°43′11.62″N 73°59′38.86″O / 40.7198944, 73.9941278 La Bowery est une célèbre rue du sud de Manhattan à …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bowery — bowery1 /bow euh ree/, adj. containing bowers; leafy; shady: a bowery maze. [1695 1705; BOWER1 + Y1] bowery2 /bow euh ree, bow ree/, n., pl. boweries. 1. (among the Dutch settlers of New York) a farm or country seat. 2. the Bowery, a street and… …   Universalium

  • Bowery — noun A street and a district of New York City, whose residents were traditionally of a low social and economic class. (usually the Bowery.) We were seen quarrelling this afternoon in a saloon over on the Bowery …   Wiktionary

  • bowery — 1. adjective Sheltered by trees; leafy; shady. Such a man had no chance whatever in this flowery and bowery little suburb. See Also: bower 2. noun In the early settlements of New York State, USA, a farm or …   Wiktionary

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