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Definition of bodacious

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

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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 actually first appeared in print in 1832, 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.

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a singer with a bodacious voice the bodacious decor of the boutique hotel is intended to appeal to the young and the hip
Recent Examples on the Web Some things never change — especially Bill and Ted's bodacious attitudes! Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Bill & Ted Are Back! Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Face the Music in Hilarious Trailer for Sequel," 9 June 2020 Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have helped make some high school students' virtual graduation ceremony as bodacious as possible, given current circumstances. Clark Collis,, "'Bill & Ted' stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter congratulate graduating class of San Dimas High School," 3 June 2020 That's right—this bodacious gal will be listed on Airbnb for the first time ever next month. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Iconic Elephant Statue Will Be on Airbnb for a Limited Time in March," 27 Feb. 2020 Everything about the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody is big and bodacious. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Camaro ZL1 1LE vs. Challenger Hellcat Redeye," 12 Feb. 2020 Orange / Yellow Indonesian wax ginger, birds of paradise, and a bodacious heliconia bring instant aloha to your lover’s heart. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 By the 1950s, when JFK was established in the political system and Reagan readying to enter it, bodacious America had settled into its own dignity. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Unserious Week," 6 Feb. 2020 Chase the bodacious bowl with a bright Provençal rosé, one of a handful of wines on tap. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Emmy Squared finds diners opening wide for Detroit-style pizza," 31 Jan. 2020 Their side items, particularly a bodacious Southwest mac and cheese, are clever and colorful. Matt Wake |, al, "Beloved Alabama barbecue spot reopening in new location," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Bodacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bodacious

US, informal
: very good or impressive
: sexually attractive

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