- to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
- Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
- to portend: The news bodes well for him.
Origin of bode1
- a simple past tense of bide.
- Archaic. to endure; bear.
- Obsolete. to encounter.
- to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
- bide one's time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
Origin of bide
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Examples from the Web for bode
Still, the lack of communication with the tribes does not bode well for the future relationships.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
Such thinking does not bode well for women, who are primary targets in honor-seeking attacks.How India’s Honor Culture Perpetuates Mass Rape
July 14, 2014
Everyone except for Bode Miller, who defended Cooper on Twitter and in a CNN interview, saying, "I felt like it was me, not her."The Good, the Bad, and the Pink Eye
February 23, 2014
The skier most connected to that stratospheric rise is Bode Miller.
Going into the 2006 Turin Olympics, Bode became the touted star of the Games.
Heyst was aware that this visit could bode nothing pleasant.Victory
Bode does not name Lessing; calls him a well-known German scholar.
It seems that Bode purchased this volume at Lessings auction in Hamburg.
God send ye the warld you bode, and that's neither scant nor want.The Proverbs of Scotland
“Those voices at this time of the evening bode no good,” she said to herself.The Heir of Kilfinnan
- to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
- (tr) archaic to predict; foretell
- the past tense of bide
- (intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay
- (intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell
- (tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
- bide a wee Scot to stay a little
- bide by Scot to abide by
- bide one's time to wait patiently for an opportunity
Word Origin and History for bode
Old English bodian "proclaim, announce; foretell," from boda "messenger," probably from Proto-Germanic *budon- (cf. Old Saxon gibod, German gebot, Old Norse boð), from PIE *bheudh- "be aware, make aware" (see bid (v.)). As a shortened form of forebode (usually evil), it dates from 1740. Related: Boded; boding.
Old English bidan "to stay, continue, live, remain," also "to trust, rely" (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan "to wait"), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was "to command," and "to trust" (cf. Greek peithein "to persuade," pistis "faith;" Latin fidere "to trust," foedus "compact, treaty," Old Church Slavonic beda "need"). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through "endure," and "endure a wait," to "to wait." Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one's time. Related: Bided; biding.