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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 of bodacious from the Web
While La Cuchara concentrates on food from the Basque region, Minnow is carving out its own identity with a focus on seafood with a few meat options, including a bodacious range steak.
The second featured fiberglass surfboards, similar to the ones at Surfhenge, the bodacious installment near the city’s pier.
Fires rage overtop architectural renderings, green miasmas spread unstoppably across maps and everywhere bodacious women, their skin richly patterned, bear witness to the witty defacement.
Brock Grenfell: Bowie, Bach, and bodacious booties.
Just in time for the Memorial Day kick off to summer, here are thirty-three bodacious bombshells worth celebrating.
David Hasselhoff’s TV juggernaut about a team of capable lifeguards was fairly family-friendly stuff, even with all the bodacious babes slow-motion jogging along the beach in bathing suits.
David Hasselhoff's TV juggernaut about a team of capable lifeguards was fairly family-friendly stuff, even with all the bodacious babes slow-motion jogging along the beach in bathing suits.
Sidewalk spots are snapped up early (some as early as the night before) to spy the bright, bodacious floats.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of bodacious
First Known Use: 1845See Words from the same year
Synonymsarresting, noticeable, bold, brilliant, catchy, commanding, conspicuous, dramatic, emphatic, eye-catching, flamboyant, grabby, kenspeckle [chiefly Scottish], marked, noisy, prominent, pronounced, remarkable, showy, splashy, striking
Antonymsinconspicuous, unemphatic, unflamboyant, unnoticeable, unobtrusive, unremarkable, unshowy
Related Wordsdetectable, discernible (also discernable), observable, perceptible, recognizable, visible; outstanding, salient; distinguished, eminent, impressive, notable, noteworthy; highlighted, spotlighted; flagrant, glaring, howling, screaming; flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, jazzy, loud, meretricious, swank (or swanky), tawdry; highfalutin (also hifalutin), ostentatious, pretentious; extravagant, fancy, florid, glittery, spectacular; opulent, ornate, overdone, overwrought; absorbing, engrossing, enthralling, fascinating, interesting, riveting
Near Antonymssubtle; concealed, hidden, shrouded; dim, faint, obscure; insignificant, undistinguished, unimportant; modest, unaffected, unassuming, unpretentious; conservative, plain, quiet, simple, understated; muted, restrained, subdued, subtle, toned-down, unflashy
BODACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bodacious for English Language Learners
: very good or impressive
: sexually attractive
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