Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative form of buxom.
  • adj. Lively; brisk; jocund.
  • adj. Spirited or lively as a buck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete spelling of buxom.

Etymologies

From Middle English buxum, buhsum ("flexible, bendsome"). Often analysed, due to confusion with the verb buck ("to spring, buckle, kick violently") and buck ("he-goat"), as though from buck +‎ -some. More at buxom. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Well, this bucksome maiden wanted awful bad to get married, like all other women do, and so her father found a man for her, but she had to have a dairy --"

    Heart of Gold

  • "Bucksome," repeated Peace, with the picture of a bucking billy goat uppermost in her mind, and wondering how a maiden could be _bucksome_.

    Heart of Gold

  • And yet all the while our popular idiom is racy with life and vigor and originality, bucksome (as Milton used the word) to our new occasions, and proves itself no mere graft by sending up new suckers from the old root in spite of us.

    The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell

  • It is true that a vast number of these survive, as ‘gladsome’, ‘handsome’, ‘wearisome’, ‘buxom’ (this last spelt better ‘bucksome’, by our earlier writers, for its present spelling altogether disguises its true character, and the family to which it belongs); being the same word as the German ‘beugsam’ or

    English Past and Present

  • Bore; but I wash it down with a Fox at Flushing; here I met with a bucksome Froe, with whom I went to Middleburgh, and left her as drunk as a Bitch at Rotterdam, and so taking shipping, from thence I landed at Trigstairs.

    The Gentlewoman's Companion: or,%0AA Guide to the Female Sex

  • Lambeth marsh, and had variety of meats and drinks, but I did so towse her and handled her, but could get nothing more from her though I was very near it; but as wanton and bucksome as she is she dares not adventure upon the business, in which I very much commend and like her.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • Parliament stairs (in my way down to the boat who should meet us but my lady Jemimah, who saw me lead her but said nothing to me of her, though I ought to speak to her to see whether she would take notice of it or no) and off to Stangate and so to the King's Head at Lambeth marsh, and had variety of meats and drinks, but I did so towse her and handled her, but could get nothing more from her though I was very near it; but as wanton and bucksome as she is she dares not adventure upon the business, in which

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 23: July/August 1663

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