Definition of bowie in English:


(also bowie knife)

nounPlural bowies

  • A long knife with a blade that is double-edged at the point.

    • ‘Grabbing a light book bag, I put my food rations, four clips of ammo, a bowie knife, a flashlight, and a radio communicator into it.’
    • ‘Once triggered, the switch caused a razor sharp bowie blade to protrude from the tip of the hockey stick, where normally you'd use to hit the puck.’
    • ‘When we first meet him, Bicke is down on his luck, a little shy and confused, but hardly the sort to tape a bowie knife to his ankle and start talking to himself in the mirror.’
    • ‘One night, while we were chatting about how Kafele said there was a storm on the horizon (although no one else could feel or tell a thing), one of the Americans, Brant Sherman, came up to the topsides holding a bowie knife at the ready.’
    • ‘He whipped the bowie knife from the back of his sodden shirt, flashing it; his teeth bared like a cornered cat or jackal.’
    • ‘This is a foot-long stick of mean-looking bowie knife that looks like it just walked off the set of a 1960s Western.’
    • ‘Jack, Jonathan, Arthur, and Quincey engage in a ‘desperate’ pursuit of Dracula, on horseback and with Winchester rifles; then in close combat, armed with bowie knives, they fight the gypsies who guard the Count.’
    • ‘A one-armed bear of a man, Sheriff Tom is, at 45, the oldest hobo, and he happens to own the biggest bowie knife, making him the logical choice to be the group's chief law-enforcement officer.’
    • ‘He had survival gear, rope, a bowie knife, a hatchet.’
    • ‘The sensation should not be fatigue or cramping, but that of a pinpoint white-hot bowie knife twisting deep in each of the three target areas.’
    • ‘Unlike the days of the Old West, we can't walk around with firearms strapped to our sides and big bowie knives hanging down to our knees.’
    • ‘In order to open the safe, you need to assail it with a barrage of fire, although somewhat surreally, it's also possible to stab it into submission with a bowie knife until it yields its precious contents.’
    • ‘Tim does his own leatherwork, and the sheath for this bowie was both very nicely executed and handsome to boot with its crosshatched embellishment.’
    • ‘‘It'd be a shame for something to happen to your little government,’ he told parliament as his picked his fingernails with a bowie knife.’
    • ‘Eventually, the merry mutilators grow sick of each other's horrendous overacting and face off for an ultimate battle of brains, brawn, bowie knives, and tire irons.’
    • ‘The bigger cat yanked his military-style bowie from its sheath.’
    • ‘So, with a lot of hard work and a sharp bowie knife, we set about making cuts and managed to come up with a second draft that was a lean, mean 562 sheets of bark.’
    • ‘A search reportedly turned up a stockpile of pistols, long guns, ammunition, and bowie knives.’
    • ‘To this end we will attempt to survive the harsh terrain of the Ottawa Valley where we will be armed with only a can of beans, a compass, and a bowie knife.’
    • ‘The weasel yanked a bowie knife out of a sheath on his hip and threw it at Lee, who nipped it neatly out of the air, and sent it thudding into the earth at the weasel's feet.’


Mid 19th century: named after J. Bowie (see Bowie, Jim).