1

bodily

adjective bodi·ly \ ˈbä-də-lē \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of bodily

1 : having a body : physical
2 : of or relating to the body
  • bodily comfort
  • bodily organs

Examples of bodily in a Sentence

  1. The victim suffered serious bodily injury.

  2. the old man suffered from a number of bodily ailments

Recent Examples of bodily from the Web

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

First Known Use of bodily

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

2

bodily

adverb

Definition of bodily

1 a : in the flesh
b : in a manner that involves physically moving someone's body
  • The blast lifted him bodily into the air.
  • Jerry Wexler called him a "parasite" and threw him bodily out of his office.
  • —Jack Kroll
2 : as a whole : altogether

Examples of bodily in a Sentence

  1. The blast lifted him bodily into the air.

  2. The house will have to be moved bodily to the new site.

Recent Examples of bodily from the Web

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

First Known Use of bodily

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

BODILY Defined for English Language Learners

bodily

Definition of bodily for English Language Learners

  • : relating to the body : having to do with a person's or animal's body


bodily

Definition of bodily for English Language Learners

  • : by moving someone's body

  • : as an entire structure rather than in pieces


BODILY Defined for Kids

1

bodily

adjective bodi·ly \ ˈbä-də-lē \

Definition of bodily for Students

: of or relating to the body
  • bodily comfort
  • bodily functions

2

bodily

adverb

Definition of bodily for Students

1 : by the body
  • … we shall … remove you bodily to a safer location.
  • —Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill
2 : as a whole
  • They moved the house bodily.

Medical Dictionary

bodily

adjective bodi·ly \ ˈbäd-ᵊl-ē \

medical Definition of bodily

: of or relating to the body
  • bodily organs


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bodily? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to grant as a privilege or special favor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a-pile-of-three-dimensional-shapes-in-green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!