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

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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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web This bootylicious powerhouse from the Davenport drag dynasty made it to the top four of season 11, thanks to her bodacious beauty and performing talents. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 26 May 2021 In the show, the sister duo is seen sporting big bodacious curls. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 6 May 2021 In the 1970s, Michael Friedlander was an architecture student at the Cooper Union, his head bursting with bodacious, unconventional designs. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2021 The dance moves are an extension of his bodacious personality, which is palpable in any conversation with the artist. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 27 Feb. 2021 Fox Richardson’s many guises, from raucous homegirl to polite parole petitioner to saleslady with straightened hair and pearl necklace, suggests a bodacious Vivica Fox character. Armond White, National Review, 30 Dec. 2020 In addition to her music and her incredible life story, Turner is known for her iconic style, with gowns covered in cascading sequins, bodacious hair, sky-high heels and miniskirts. NBC News, 2 Dec. 2020 The only two in the whole saga (besides Joan of Arc, who got to say a few lines in French) were the two bodacious princesses from medieval England whom Bill and Ted smuggled back to the present, like a matching set of interstellar mail-order brides. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, 28 Aug. 2020 Proving that practicality and haute couture are not mutually exclusive, the Kia Soul is one bodacious box. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bodacious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bodacious

US, informal
: very good or impressive
: sexually attractive


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