bux·​om | \ ˈbək-səm How to pronounce buxom (audio) \

Definition of buxom

1 : vigorously or healthily plump a buxom warm friendly woman— Burl Ives specifically : full-bosomed
2 archaic : full of gaiety
3 obsolete
b : offering little resistance : flexible wing silently the buxom air— John Milton

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Other Words from buxom

buxomly adverb
buxomness noun

Examples of buxom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sets and types were clichéd (a Wild West saloon with a buxom barmaid who seems tough but is actually tender). Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Night Terrors," 3 Nov. 2020 Due to a buxom ginger on the hood, some fans have yet to notice the Ferrari. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "20 of rock & roll’s most iconic cars," 8 July 2020 The women in the game don’t have the buxom bodies still popular among many game developers, but realistic and varied builds. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Last of Us Part II Is a Revolutionary Video Game—and an Unbelievably Grim One," 12 June 2020 Kash Doll, the buxom rapper reigning from Detroit, Michigan, has had a long-running buzz in the music industry. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Kash Doll's Album "Stacked" Is Out And She's In Her Feelings," 18 Oct. 2019 Indeed, the singer Kacey Musgraves showed up at the exhibition’s camp-themed opening gala last month dressed as a life-size version of the buxom, blond doll. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The fashion industry gave Barbie an award. Does she really deserve one?," 4 June 2019 Despite the change in background, the trademark Yuskavage bombshell—buxom, beguiling, inscrutable—was still there. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018 At separate ends of town, two buxom madams and their bevies of painted, frilled and scandalously clad ladies welcomed miners and threw lavish parties. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Historic California Ghost Town Is Up For Sale," 16 June 2018 Front and center was a buxom redhead, clearly the Mercado’s prime merchandise. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "About Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean bride auction redo and why people hate it and love it," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of buxom

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for buxom

Middle English buxsum, from Old English *būhsum; akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow

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The first known use of buxom was in the 12th century

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“Buxom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buxom. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of buxom

of a woman : healthy and attractive with large breasts


bux·​om | \ ˈbək-səm How to pronounce buxom (audio) \

Kids Definition of buxom

: having a healthy plump form

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