bodacious

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adjective 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

bodaciously

adverb

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Examples of bodacious in a Sentence

  1. a singer with a bodacious voice

  2. the bodacious decor of the boutique hotel is intended to appeal to the young and the hip

Recent Examples of bodacious from the Web

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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

probably blend of bold and audacious

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BODACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

bodacious

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adjective

Definition of bodacious for English Language Learners

  • : very good or impressive

  • : sexually attractive



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