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[bid-uh-buh l] /ˈbɪd ə bəl/
Cards. adequate to bid upon:
a biddable suit.
willing to do what is asked; obedient; tractable; docile:
a biddable child.
that may be acquired by bidding:
biddable merchandise.
Origin of biddable
First recorded in 1820-30; bid1 + -able
Related forms
biddability, biddableness, noun
biddably, adverb
unbiddable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for biddable
Historical Examples
  • Whether this was so or not, it is certain that she was as docile and as biddable as need be.

    An Open-Eyed Conspiracy W. D. Howells
  • Francis knew which ones were biddable and he kept them to heel.


    Cory Doctorow
  • He was a biddable boy, and went on without further question.

    Judith Shakespeare William Black
  • No one, I was assured on all hands, objects to the biddable Chinaman.

  • Barbara did as he commanded with the expression of a biddable child.

    The Penalty

    Gouverneur Morris
  • "Look how biddable he was about goin' back to the Works," she continued.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • His proud owner thought there could be few dogs in all the world so biddable as this.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was a biddable enough beast, and, being a little deaf, he knew not fear.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • The city-folk had stars of their own; biddable, domesticated stars.

  • In all wise are these men tame and biddable, save that they rage against the Dusky Men, though they fear them yet.

British Dictionary definitions for biddable


having sufficient value to be bid on, as a hand or suit at bridge
docile; obedient
Derived Forms
biddableness, noun
biddably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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