bodi·​ly | \ ˈbä-də-lē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for bodily

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of bodily in a Sentence

Adjective The victim suffered serious bodily injury. the old man suffered from a number of bodily ailments Adverb The blast lifted him bodily into the air. The house will have to be moved bodily to the new site.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The driver, identified by officials as 49-year-old Mario Perez, faces two felony counts of great bodily harm by vehicle. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Officials from the Baker County Sheriff’s Office arrested Haylee Kent for child neglect with and without great bodily harm, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office on Monday. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Following the rollover crash, police charged Mario Perez, 49, with two counts of great bodily harm by vehicle, which is a third-degree felony, according to a press release from APD. Jon Brown, Fox News, 26 Apr. 2022 Santiago Marquez, 40, pleaded guilty to causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a level 5 felony, and causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a level 6 felony, records show. Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 In some states, your bodily injury recovery could be reduced or barred due to various legal theories. Steve Dimopoulos, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Jay Sadrinia is facing charges including unlawful distribution of oxycodone and morphine sulfate and distribution of morphine sulfate resulting in death or serious bodily injury, court records show. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 That assault caused bodily injury and involved the use of a dangerous weapon, according to the indictment. Carol Robinson |, al, 22 Apr. 2022 County prosecutors also charged Stephen Miller Kiesle, 75, with special allegations of great bodily injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol content causing injury in connection to Saturdays’ fatal crash. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb That’s interesting, because, in a way, the portal, in the first half of your novel, is something that the protagonist is bodily immersed in—is living a life inside of. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 Standing before the Harrow School committee, Churchill flawlessly poured out line upon line telling the story of Horatius — the noble captain who would bodily defend the city against the onslaught of the mighty Etruscan army. Tod Worner, National Review, 17 Oct. 2021 Those who refused to move were bodily escorted out by police. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 June 2021 About 24 hours later, she was transported bodily, still snoozing, to the stage of the Gem Theatre, a vaudeville house at 113 W. Third St. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2021 We are bodily immersed in this show, and very, very far from the lonely, make-do experience of streaming theater. New York Times, 2 June 2021 Conservatives have prevailed in an effort to deny people bodily autonomy. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 8 July 2020 Still, a beard could trap bodily fluids from coughs and sneezes, potentially infecting other people in close contact, Adalja said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2020 But a brand-new study just discovered that another bodily fluid may contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus, too: semen. Molly Longman,, 8 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bodily


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 May 2022

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“Bodily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bodily


bodi·​ly | \ ˈbä-də-lē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Kids Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the body bodily comfort bodily functions



Kids Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

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.


bodi·​ly | \ ˈbäd-ᵊl-ē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Medical Definition of bodily

: of or relating to the body bodily organs

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