bosie vs googly what difference

what is difference between bosie and googly



bosie (plural bosies)

  1. (cricket, obsolete) Alternative form of bosey


  • Boise, Obies, biose, obies



  • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈɡʉːɡli/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡuɡli/

Etymology 1

The etymology is uncertain but it is linked to Bernard Bosanquet, who developed such a delivery around 1900. It may be important that the word was first reported during one of his New Zealand matches.


googly (plural googlies)

  1. (cricket) A ball, bowled by a leg-break bowler, that spins from off to leg (to a right-handed batsman), unlike a normal leg-break delivery.
    • 1904, P. F. Warner, How We Recovered the Ashes, quoted in Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI, section 4, page 248:
      Bosanquet can bowl as badly as anyone in the world; but when he gets a length, those slow googlies, as the Australian players call them, are apt to paralyse the greatest players.
  • bosie or bosey
  • wrong ’un
Derived terms
  • bowl a googly
  • google

See also

  • chinaman
  • cutter
  • doosra
  • full toss
  • inswing
  • leg break
  • off-break
  • outswing
  • screwball grip
  • seamer
  • yorker

Etymology 2

Uncertain. Perhaps from goo-goo (amorous), or directly from goggle. Attested from 1901.


googly (comparative googlier, superlative googliest)

  1. (of the eyes) Bulging.
  2. (usually of eyes, sometimes of persons) Appearing to be amorous, flirtatious.

See also

  • googly-eyed
  • googly eye


  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “googly”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • “googly, n.”, in OED Online ⁠, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  • “googly, adj.”, in OED Online ⁠, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.


  • Göygöl

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