1. (also bonse) the head, thus the brain, the mind.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 42/1: Look out, or I’ll fetch you a whack across the bonse.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 32: Bonce; Head.|
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 242: You’ll have just enough time to get your bonse under your coat when the lumps start flying about.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 33: ‘Mavis!’ She [...] turned back, shaking her head. ‘Forget ’er bonce one of these days.’.|
|Guntz 13: As soon as this happened my bonce began to swim.|
|(ref. to 1940s) Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 124: One of Mum’s heavy pots would come down on your bonce.|
|Minder [TV script] 96: I got a little bang on the bonce.‘Minder on the Orient Express’|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 282: [I] picture the butcher’s bonce on the tray instead.|
|Guardian Guide 5–12 June 29: The only frontman daring to sport headwear that has his bonce resembling the erect penis of a giant rabbit.|
|Hell on Hoe Street 214: Nicky you all right in the bonce?|
|in Critic June 6/2: Post-modernism [...] which, whatever it meant, was really too jolly difficult to get one’s bonce around.|
2. a hat.
|Cockney At Home 135: ‘I’ll give you woe,’ she says, an’ buries me in my bonce – I mean my ’at.|
see off one’s head adj.