Bosie. Abstract noun. A comforting embrace. Rhymes with “rosy”.
Some Doric-speakers think that a bosie is a hug. I would argue that a proper bosie is much more than a hug. A proper bosie is an all-enveloping comforting embrace, and the most reassuring thing for a troubled child.
It derives from “bosom”, for that is usually where the troubled child is enveloped. As he or she sobs uncontrollably, mother will open her arms and draw the child into safety. “Come intae Mam’s bosie” or: “Come and get a bosie fae Mam” are invitations few upset children can resist.
Dads can offer hugs, but only Mams can give bosies.