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 (bŏz′wĕl′, -wəl)
An assiduous and devoted admirer, student, and recorder of another's words and deeds.

[After James Boswell.]

Bos′well·ize′ (-īz′) v.
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(Biography) James. 1740–95, Scottish author and lawyer, noted particularly for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
Boswellian adj
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(ˈbɒzˌwɛl, -wəl)

1. James, 1740–95, Scottish author: biographer of Samuel Johnson.
2. any devoted biographer of a specific person.
Bos•well′i•an, adj.
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Noun1.Boswell - Scottish author noted for his biography of Samuel Johnson (1740-1795)Boswell - Scottish author noted for his biography of Samuel Johnson (1740-1795)
2.Boswell - a devoted admirer and recorder of another's words and deeds
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
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References in classic literature ?
The imagination thrills, and Heaven knows what figures people still its broad stream, Doctor Johnson with Boswell by his side, an old Pepys going on board a man-o'-war: the pageant of English history, and romance, and high adventure.
I like old Sam so well, I think I'll try the second volume," returned Jo, hoping to propitiate him by accepting a second dose of Boswell's Johnson, as he had recommended that lively work.
I am lost without my Boswell. And this promises to be interesting.
His quick-changing facial expressions might tell every thought and mood, but the tongue, perforce, ran hard after, repeating, like a second Boswell.
It was penned by sitcom-queen Carla, of The Liver Birds and Butterflies fame, and followed the fortunes - or misfortunes - of the Liverpool-based, close-knit, extended working class Catholic family, the Boswells.
They were good friends with writer Carla Lana and enjoyed their own close encounter with the Boswell family in 1988 when they dropped in for tea.
St Boswells ...........11 Dumfries Saints....18 In bitterly cold and muddy conditions at Jenny Moore's Road this was a hard-fought National League Cup semi-final with both teams determined to progress to the final.
The Boswells are friends of the family of former Tory Deputy Prime Minister Mr Michael Heseltine.
The accident happened on Wednesday at Wellrigg Farm, near the village of St Boswells, Roxburghshire.
Dumfries Saints travel to St Boswells for the semi-final of the BT National League Cup on Saturday and they'll be hoping the home team don't hold grudges.
Screened every Sunday at 8pm, it showed the weekly exploits of the Boswell family, all of whom were trying to earn money for the week - their "bread".