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bodacious

[boh-dey-shuh s]
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  1. South Midland and Southern U.S. thorough; blatant; unmistakable: a bodacious gossip.
  2. Slang.
    1. remarkable; outstanding: a bodacious story.
    2. audacious; bold or brazen.
    3. sexy; voluptuous.
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Origin of bodacious

1835–45; probably to be identified with dial. (Devon, Cornwall) bo(w)ldacious brazen, impudent, blend of bold and audacious
Related formsbo·da·cious·ly, adverb
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bodacious

adjective
  1. slang, mainly US impressive or remarkable; excellent
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Word Origin

C19: from English dialect; blend of bold + audacious
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Word Origin and History for bodacious

adj.

1837 (implied in bodaciously), Southern U.S. slang, perhaps from bodyaciously "bodily, totally," or a blend of bold and audacious, which suits the earliest attested sense of the word. Popularized anew by 1982 Hollywood film "An Officer and a Gentleman."

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