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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the body.
  • adj. Physical as opposed to mental or spiritual: bodily welfare.
  • adv. In the flesh; in person: bodily but not mentally present.
  • adv. As a complete physical entity: carried the child bodily from the room.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or concerning the body.
  • adv. In or by the body; physically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a body or material form; physical; corporeal; consisting of matter.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the body, in distinction from the mind.
  • adj. Real; actual; put in execution.
  • adv. Corporeally; in bodily form; united with a body or matter; in the body.
  • adv. In respect to, or so as to affect, the entire body or mass; entirely; all at once; completely; as, to carry away bodily. “Leapt bodily below.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or concerning the body; of or belonging to the body or to the physical constitution; not mental; corporeal: as, bodily dimensions; bodily exertions; bodily pain.
  • Having a material body.
  • Synonyms Bodily, Physical, Corporal, Corporeal. Bodily generally means connected with the body or a body, and is frequently opposed to mental: as, bodily pains, bodily strength. Physical in this connection is often the same as bodily, but may cover everything that is material, as opposed to mental or spiritual: as, physical distress. Corporal relates to the body in its outward bearings: as, corporal punishment; corporeal, to its substance, being opposed to spiritual or immaterial: as, corporeal existence.
  • Corporeally; in connection with a body or matter; in the flesh; in person.
  • In respect to the entire body or mass; entirely; completely: as, to carry a thing away bodily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to the body
  • adv. in bodily form
  • adj. having or relating to a physical material body
  • adj. affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

body +‎ -ly


  • Because health officials and journalists used the phrase "bodily fluids" instead of specifying semen, blood and vaginal secretions, many people feared they could contract AIDS from toilet seats or drinking fountains.

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  • Oh, you don't know what the doubt is to me! after my share in the evil, the anxiety is doubly intense! and I cannot see much demonstration except in his sadness, which you call bodily weakness. '

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  • For not every fear justifies the action it produceth, but the fear only of corporeal hurt, which we call bodily fear, and from which a man cannot see how to be delivered but by the action.

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  • Enticing crowd rage that could/may result in bodily harm to another political oponent is inexcusable.

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  • Your correspondent attempted to contact Mrs Mitchell for comment, but was punched in the face by Phil and thrown bodily from the Vic.

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  • I hired men to row, and took an oar myself, for I had always experienced relief from mental torment in bodily exercise.

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  • BTW, Joe Wilson would have been removed bodily from the chamber if he had shouted out “You lie!” at the Queen or the PM while either of them were giving an address to Parliament.

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  • Our Lord was pleased at times to have me see the following vision ... an angel, close at hand, in bodily form. ...

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  • • The only area the women didn't report improvement was in bodily pain, and that's because they didn't report having much chronic pain to begin with, so there was little room for improvement.

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  • Isn't this compelling evidence that Jesus did not rise bodily from the dead and that Mary was not taken body and soul into heaven?

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