bo·​da·​cious | \ bō-ˈdā-shəs How to pronounce bodacious (audio) \

Definition of bodacious

1 Southern US and Midland US : outright, unmistakable
2 : remarkable, noteworthy a bodacious bargain
3 : sexy, voluptuous bodacious babes

Other Words from bodacious

bodaciously adverb

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Some of our readers may know bodacious as a word that figured prominently in the lingo of the 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Others may recall the term's frequent use in the long-running "Snuffy Smith" comic strip. Neither the creators of the comic strip nor the movie can claim to have coined bodacious, which began appearing in print during the 1800s, but both likely contributed to its popularity. The exact origin of the word is uncertain, but it was most likely influenced by bold and audacious, and it may be linked to boldacious, a term from British dialect meaning "brazen" or "impudent."

Examples of bodacious in a Sentence

a singer with a bodacious voice the bodacious decor of the boutique hotel is intended to appeal to the young and the hip
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First Known Use of bodacious

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bodacious

probably blend of bold and audacious

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“Bodacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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