Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old man.
  • n. A local British name of the small ringed seal, Phoca fœtida.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • She was more lively than the first corpse, for he had scarcely taken any of the clay away from about her, when she sat up and began to cry, “Ho, you bodach (clown)!

    Teig O’Kane and the Corpse

  • I met a bodach on the road yesterday, and he said, ‘Teigue, tell me how many pennies are in your bag; I will wager three pennies that there are not twenty pennies in your bag; let me put in my hand and count them.

    The Hour-Glass

  • The bodach for whom he herded was a dour, ill-conditioned fellow, full of curses and violent threats, but the boy was content in the life of the hillsides, and troubled very little about the bodach's dour looks.

    Waysiders

  • I met a bodach on the road yesterday, and he said,

    The Hour Glass

  • I met a bodach on the road yesterday, and he said, "Teigue, tell me how many pennies are in your bag; I will wager three pennies that there are not twenty pennies in your bag; let me put in my hand and count them."

    The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays

  • Insult was added to injury in that the oppressor was no knight in shining armour, but a very churl of men; to the courteous and cultured Irishman a "bodach Sassenach," a man of low blood, of low cunning, caring only for the things of the body, with no veneration for the things of the spirit -- with, in fine, no music in his soul.

    The Crime Against Europe A Possible Outcome of the War of 1914

  • There is a bogle or a brownie, a witch or a gyre-carlin, a bodach or a fairy, in the case?”

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • “What’s bodach?” he asked, stumbling over the foreign phrase.

    The Lightkeeper

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