Green’s Dictionary of Slang

booze v.

also boose, booze it, buse
[bouse v.]

1. to drink.

[UK]Misogonus in Farmer (1906) II v: Is this an honest sport, To be revelling and boozing after such a lewd fashion?
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 40 28 Feb.–7 Mar. 316: They fight, are friends, and so together Booze.
[UK]A Newgate ex-prisoner A Warning for House-Keepers 5: But when we come to the Whitt, / Our darbies to behold / And for to take our Penitency, / And boose the water cold.
[UK]‘The Time-server’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 197: One that doth defie the Crosier and the Crown, / But yet can bouze with Blades that Carrouze / Whilst Pottle-pots tumble down.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 239: [They] would lustily booze it, and sing and dance all Weathers.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 25: Rumbooze thou shalt booze thy fill.
[UK]H. Howard Choice Spirits Museum 18: The Toper keps his Seat, Resolv’d to booze away the Night.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 403: Let us drink all night, / Boose it about to drown all sorrow.
Hiberian Jrnl (Dublin) 26 Apr. 4/1: We booz’d away, concealed from Sal, And roared for Joy.
[UK]Sheridan School For Scandal Epilogue: While good Sir Peter boozes with the squire.
[UK]Caledonian Mercury 20 Sept. 2/4: Mayhap, said Sir Timothy, I shall find them boozing, or else courting.
[UK] ‘The Irish Schoolmaster’ Banquet of Thalia 7: To booze away, Old Pat would say, / And the devil take to-morrow.
[Ire] ‘The Rakes Frolick’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 2: In each barony through the country, / Boozing heartily, cruising gallantly.
[UK]C. Dibdin Yngr Song Smith 131: When his ship rides at anchor he boozes on shore.
[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 7 May 3/4: They come from Bench, Bar, and Palace [...] with l—th who booze, or with c—gh sup.
[UK] ‘Song of the Cadgers’ in C. Hindley James Catnach (1878) 130: Then booze about, our cash an’t out.
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford I 206: He’s boosing away at a fine rate, in the back-parlour.
[UK]Marryat Snarleyyow I 50: It was one night when we were boozing over a stiff glass at the new shop there.
[UK] ‘Bet Farrell’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 39: Dick well knew that she would be boozing.
[Ire]E.L. Sloan ‘Mrs. Sleek’ Bard’s Offering 70: They [...] would booze for a night ere they parted.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 423/2: I knew one of these Crocusses who was so hard up from lushing and boozing about.
[UK]J. Greenwood Unsentimental Journeys 194: This cabbage-bawling, carpet-beating, gravel-carting, coal-selling, goods-removing, servants’-box-conveying, ‘Jolly Sandboy’-boosing person.
Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday 24 Aug. 267/2: In Canton gardens I have boozed .
[UK]A. Binstead Gal’s Gossip 147: And then we went, and the money we spent / In boozing at the Criterion.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Send Round the Hat’ in Roderick (1972) 472: I ain’t a feller that boozes, but I ain’t got nothin’ agen chaps enjoyin’ themsleves.
[UK]D. Cotsford Society Snapshots 260: Captain Snigger. Le monde où l’on se booze.
[US]H. Hapgood Types From City Streets 38: I booze too much.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 3 Aug. 12/4: When a humble worker boozes / In a pub, he’s all that's wrong.
[Ire]Joyce ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’ Dubliners (1956) 117: I sent him to the Christian Brothers and I done what I could for him, and there he goes boozing about.
[US]C. McKay Home to Harlem 19: We got some more stuff to booze over.
[US]N. Algren Neon Wilderness (1986) 78: You wouldn’t think an old boobatch like that’d have so much stren’th left in him, boozin’ down Division night after night.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 36: All I ever saw him do was booze all the time.
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 28: You were working, not boozing.
[US]J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 23: We don’t booze it out there. We don’t blow no weed.
[UK](con. 1960s) A. Frewin London Blues 131: He had been boozing and his speech was slightly slurred.
[NZ]A. Duff Jake’s Long Shadow 224: I was (in my misery state down at Jojo’s) out boozing.

2. to toast, to drink to.

[UK]Bell’s Life in London 31 Dec. 3/1: ’Till twelve we may booze the year thirty-seven.

3. to drink away, i.e. money.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Apr. 18/3: I’m sorry, now, for all those deeds, / Those lives with mine I wrecked – / How oft I helped the shepherd hands / To booze the hard-earned cheque.
[UK]W.E. Henley ‘Culture in the Slums’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 179: Suppose I put ’em up the flue, / And booze the profits, Joe? Not me.
[Aus]K. Tennant Foveaux 43: Nosey pocketed his reward [...]. ‘Bet he boozes the lot,’ the Captian prophesied.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 127: Irish navvies sometimes gathered there to booze away the last of their wages.

In compounds

boozing crib (n.)

a public house.

[UK]New Sprees of London 3: I'll introduce you to [...] the Lushing, Chanting, and Night-cribs, Bawdikens, Hells, Boosing, and Lightning-cribs, Mum- ming Caseys where you may ddoss lush, or feed.

In phrases

booze up (v.)

see separate entry.