Definitions

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

  • adj. Giving, characterized by, or suggesting ample, unrestrained pleasure to the senses: voluptuous sculptural forms; a voluptuous ripe fruit; a full, voluptuous figure.
  • adj. Devoted to or indulging in sensual pleasures.
  • adj. Directed toward or anticipating sensual pleasure: voluptuous thoughts.
  • adj. Arising from or contributing to the satisfaction of sensuous or sensual desires. See Synonyms at sensuous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suggestive of or characterized by full, generous, pleasurable sensation.
  • adj. Curvaceous, sexy, full-figured.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of delight or pleasure, especially that of the senses; ministering to sensuous or sensual gratification; exciting sensual desires; luxurious; sensual.
  • adj. Given to the enjoyments of luxury and pleasure; indulging to excess in sensual gratifications.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, proceeding from, or inclined to sensual gratification: as, voluptuous tastes or habits.
  • Passed or spent in luxury or sensuality.
  • Contributing to sensual pleasure; exciting, or tending to excite, sensual desires and indulgence; sensual.
  • Given to the enjoyments of luxury and pleasure; indulging in sensual gratifications.
  • Synonyms Carnal, Sensuous, etc. See sensual.

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

  • adj. displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
  • adj. (of a woman's body) having a large bosom and pleasing curves
  • adj. having strong sexual appeal

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French voluptueux, from Latin voluptuōsus, full of pleasure, from voluptās, pleasure; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin voluptuosus ("delightful"), from voluptās ("pleasure, delight"), from volup ("with pleasure"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Or perhaps the weather decides to cloud over for several days straight and without so much sun the zucchinis and tomatoes, for the briefest moment, have decided to stop falling of the vine in voluptuous ripeness.

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  • Officer Robeson inquired, not sure if the woman was referring to the voluptuous breasts bulging from a shirt that strained to hold them in place, or the two young girls in the car, who were now silent and pretending not to be paying attention to their mother.

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  • Moreover, there are millions of people who think voluptuous is breathtaking and beautiful.

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  • I wasn’t “thick,” as they called voluptuous girls, I was invisible.

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  • He has a fear of flying and is known to travel with a Ukranian nurse described as a "voluptuous blonde" who "knows his routine."

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  • A 2009 U.S. Embassy cable published by WikiLeaks cited Gadhafi's reliance on a Ukrainian nurse, described as a "voluptuous blonde," and his dislike of staying on upper floors of buildings, aversion to flying over water, and taste for horse racing and flamenco dancing.

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  • It also discussed Gadhafi's longtime reliance on a Ukrainian nurse named Galyna who the cable said had been described as a "voluptuous blonde."

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  • But when we used the word voluptuous in a conversation he had to stop and ask - What does that mean?

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  • (2Ki 16: 9), little advantage resulted from it, for Tilgath-pilneser spent the winter in voluptuous revelry at Damascus; and the connection formed with the Assyrian king was eventually a source of new and greater calamities and humiliation to the kingdom of Judah (2Ch 28: 2,

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  • When Lucy Westenra, Dracula's doomed victim, is under the Count's thrall, she is consistently described as voluptuous, whereas when she is herself her behavior is chaste and demure, to the point that, at the brink of death, her fiancé will only kiss her on the forehead.

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  • mhmm...luscious

    May 11, 2012

  • "Alas, remembering my own agitation whenever I had caught sight of a girl who attracted me, sometimes when I had merely heard her spoken of without having seen her, my anxiety to look my best, to show myself to advantage, my cold sweats, I had only, to torture myself, to imagine the same voluptuous excitement in Albertine, as though by means of the apparatus which, after the visit of a certain practitioner who had shown some scepticism about her malady, my aunt Léonie had wished to see invented, and which would enable the doctor to undergo all the sufferings of his patient in order to understand better."
    --The Captive & The Fugitive by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, p 734 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    February 18, 2010

  • "And no doubt they ought to have forgone the voluptuous pleasure of that sacrilege, but it did not express the whole of their natures."
    --The Captive & The Fugitive by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, p 348 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    January 20, 2010

  • "However much she tried to conceal her awareness of it, it bathed her, enveloped her, vaporous, voluptuous, made her whole face glow."
    --The Captive & The Fugitive by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, p 193 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    January 8, 2010

  • "I remembered the distress that I felt when I saw her face subjected to an active scrutiny, like that of a painter preparing to make a sketch, entirely enveloped in it, and, doubtless on account of my presence, submitting to this contact without appearing to notice it, with a passivity that was perhaps clandestinely voluptuous."
    --The Captive & The Fugitive by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, p 192 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    January 8, 2010

  • "This effort on the part of the old feeling to combine and form a single element with the other, more recent, which had for its voluptuous object only the coloured surface, the flesh-pink bloom of a flower of the sea-shore, was one that often results simply in creating (in the chemical sense) a new body, which may last only a few moments."
    --Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, pp 179-180 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    February 13, 2009

  • c1374 CHAUCER Troylus IV. 1573 Love ne drof yow nought to don this dede, But lust voluptuous, and cowarde drede.

    July 3, 2008

  • People who add an 'm' should be neutered, or at least told off in a stern and serious way.

    November 12, 2007

  • Why do some people add an m to this word? It drives me crazy when people say 'volumptuous'. It takes away the sexiness of the word and makes me think of cellulite. hehe

    November 12, 2007

  • Yeah, but...you know...voluptuous!

    October 23, 2007

  • I don't know, the "hard dents of two sharp teeth" kind of gives it away... ;)

    October 23, 2007

  • I was still stuck on voluptuous, I guess...

    October 23, 2007

  • Uhh... that's kind of the whole point, the death part... hence... Dracula? Remember?

    October 23, 2007

  • Well, as long as there's sex, I can do without the death part.

    October 23, 2007

  • Sex and death, baby. That's what it was all about.

    October 23, 2007

  • Seriously, I didn't realize Dracula was so erotic.

    October 23, 2007

  • OOH! OOH! WORDIE PORN!!

    October 23, 2007


  • The fair girl went on her knees and bent over me, fairly gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal... I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there."

    --Bram Stoker, (ch. 3, pg. 42)

    October 22, 2007