Definition of bowser in English:



  • 1A tanker used for fuelling aircraft and other vehicles or for supplying water.

    • ‘I went to see the residents and we did our best to alleviate any problems, including hiring road sweepers and water bowsers.’
    • ‘Over the next 7 hours, fuels technicians filled and emptied seven fuel bowsers without further incident.’
    • ‘In return, the federal government would fund two-thirds of the cost of installing fuel bowsers at the community - a basic facility that all settlements should have in any case.’
    • ‘In Indonesia work has included providing mobile water treatment works to benefit 25,000 people and in Sri Lanka it has set up bowsers to supply drinking water to 250,000 and handed out 50,000 jerry cans to families.’
    • ‘One of the ideas we are chewing over is whether to invest in new gum-busting machines and their powerful water bowsers to add to the equipment already owned by the city council.’
    1. 1.1NZ, Australian A petrol pump.
      • ‘Complete with old-fashioned petrol bowsers, mock Tudor architecture and '40s vintage cars, we are led to believe this was KFC number one.’
      • ‘We haven't got no shopping centre here, no petrol bowsers, so people have to get used to travelling to Stratford.’
      • ‘But in the long term, though the pain you're feeling at the petrol bowser might feel like a problem, it's actually part of the solution - for our economy and very probably our planet.’
      • ‘He could see the Great Northern Highway apart from the petrol bowsers.’
      • ‘They try so hard to mask the fact that the covered area used to house petrol bowsers, but it's almost impossible to pull off.’
      • ‘Under the terms of the agreement the community will receive petrol bowsers and improved health programs if it meets certain conditions, including ensuring children shower every day.’


1920s: from the name of a company of oil storage engineers.