Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Remarkable; prodigious.
  • adj. Audacious; gutsy.
  • adv. Completely; extremely.
  • adv. Audaciously; boldly.

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  • adj. Audacious and unrestrained.
  • adj. Incorrigible and insolent.
  • adj. Impressively great in size, and enormous; extraordinary.
  • adj. Sexy, attractive.
  • adv. Bodaciously.

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  • adj. unrestrained by convention or propriety
  • adj. incorrigible

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from dialectal boldacious, blend of bold and audacious.

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Southern American slang, implied by bodaciously, 1837, either from bodyaciously ("bodily, totally, root and branch") (as in “the pigs broke into my fence and destroyed the potato patch bodyaciously”), South Carolina, or a blend of bold and audacious.

Examples

  • Among men this term is often preceded by the word "bodacious" for some inexplicable reason.

    The Many Splendors of Boobs

  • From then on, they referred to the bodacious OSS assistant by that “Dumas title,” and on such a slender reed a mutual understanding was formed.

    A Covert Affair

  • NEW YORK (Associated Press) - It went viral as the ultimate example of being punished for circumstances beyond one's control: a woman who said she was fired from her banking job because she complained that her male colleagues called her bodacious figure a workplace distraction.

    Debrahlee Lorenzana Asks Human Rights Officials To Investigate Citibank (VIDEO)

  • NEW YORK (AP) - It went viral as the ultimate example of being punished for circumstances beyond one's control: a woman who said she was fired from her banking job because she complained that her male colleagues called her bodacious figure a workplace distraction.

    Las Vegas News - LasVegasNOW.com

  • NEW YORK - It went viral as the ultimate example of being punished for circumstances beyond one's control: a woman who said she was fired from her banking job because she complained that her male colleagues called her bodacious figure a workplace distraction.

    daytondailynews.com - News

  • It went viral as the ultimate example of being punished for circumstances beyond one's control: a woman who said she was fired from her banking job because she complained that her male colleagues called her bodacious figure a workplace distraction.

    WRAL.com Top Stories

  • During the live launch of Bayless's show from the SIRIUS Studios in midtown Manhattan, Bayless brought us back to the sweltering Julys of 1960s-era Ardmore, Oklahoma, with his "bodacious" Grandma Gladys -- known for her bright red hair, slinky dresses, and pointy tailed Cadillac.

    Daphne Duquesne: Rick Bayless' Deep Dish Peach Cobbler

  • Still, I always liked "bodacious" because I could imagine its etymology to be improbably but appropriately descended from "Boadicea." posted by Matthew @ 8: 30 AM

    Vinyl Exam

  • Bearbee: Don't apologize about the "bodacious" comment.

    "The GOP has persuaded the public of the wisdom of its fetish for populating the U.S. coastline with oil rigs."

  • She was a perfect foil for Provenza, the kind of bodacious 1950s bombshell you imagine he might really fall for in his civilian life.

    'The Closer' recap: Illegally blonde | EW.com

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  • As one's hostess is always "gracious"

    An estate is bound to be "spacious,"

    And I hear a report

    That to men of a sort

    All "babes" are by nature "bodacious."

    August 30, 2014

  • sounds sexy? damn tootin!

    August 18, 2009

  • I think it sounds sexy.

    August 18, 2009

  • bold, daring and audacious

    December 5, 2008