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

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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 Leslie is, again, a rather buxom pig in an anthropomorphic world of goats, mice and other animals. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #39.2: 'Unnatural' love and app-based murder coming this summer from Image Comics," 12 June 2018 The 2017 Cruisin' on Main Street T-shirt features a pair of buxom beauties from Detroit's exuberant years. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "A Pair Of ‘50s Characters For Manchester Car Show," 4 Aug. 2017 Ironically, Daniels exposed more than her buxom body at Truth Detroit on a busy stretch of 8 Mile near Mound, where cars pulled up to the valet in the parking lot outside and a pair of protesters holding signs held the corner. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "As Stormy Daniels strips, truth about America laid bare: No moral compass in White House," 18 Apr. 2018 If buxom women are at the heart of games designed for masculine audiences, then slenderness is at the heart of games designed for feminine audiences. Deirdre Coyle, New Republic, "Why Are Video Games so Sexist?," 1 Nov. 2017

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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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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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