bo·​da·​cious | \bō-ˈdā-shəs \

Definition of bodacious 

1 Southern & Midland : 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

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The challenging, unfussy series of lunges, push-ups, crunches, and leg lifts that came next, keeping Crawford—and a generation of women who looked to her as a bodacious era body icon—in famously good shape. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Cindy Crawford Worked Out in Denim Cutoffs and a Bra Top in the 90s—and Here's Proof," 29 June 2018 Sporting a bodacious mullet, Ranallo screeched and spat at the camera. Andy Mccullough,, "The 'Bipolar Rock 'N' Roller' calls some of combat sports' biggest events. But his real fight is against the stigma of mental illness," 23 May 2018 From fighting against pre-existing beauty ideals to getting candid about the dangers of public scrutiny surrounding her famously bodacious form, Kim Kardashian West is often a beacon of body positivity. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Sparks Controversy With an Appetite-Suppressant Lollipop—Here’s Why," 16 May 2018 Sagittarius Represented by the bold and bodacious archer, Sagittarians are known for their insatiable wanderlust. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's May 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 26 Apr. 2018 Here in the 21st century of perimeter ball movement and long-arc shooting, this bodacious box told how an Alamodome crowd of 68,257 had witnessed a state-of-the-art exhibit in the second semifinal of the Final Four. Chuck Culpepper,, "An efficiency of movement: Villanova's offense takes over," 1 Apr. 2018 If Jolie’s Croft was all bodacious, unflappable globe-storming heiress, Vikander’s Croft is a scrappy, decidedly more relatable creature. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "Alicia Vikander Is Up for the Challenge," 16 Mar. 2018 Later, a sea of bodacious models begin dancing on a rooftop, where Juicy J later appears clad in a white sweater. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Watch Rae Sremmurd Take a Joyride in New 'Powerglide' Video With Juicy J," 12 Mar. 2018 Jordanna hopes her fans will feel as empowered by bodacious R&B as by patriarchy-smashing punk. Madeline Happold, Chicago Reader, "Music Chicago R&B artist Jordanna combines the vulnerability of performance art with the defiance of punk," 23 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bodacious

: very good or impressive

: sexually attractive

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