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[bohd] /boʊd/
verb (used with object), boded, boding.
to be an omen of; portend:
The news bodes evil days for him.
Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
verb (used without object), boded, boding.
to portend:
The news bodes well for him.
Origin of bode1
before 1000; Middle English boden, Old English bodian to announce, foretell (cognate with Old Norse botha), derivative of boda messenger, cognate with German Bote, Old Norse bothi


[bohd] /boʊd/
a simple past tense of bide. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for boded
Historical Examples
  • And she watched him with an evil, staring eye that boded nothing good.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • He foresaw the coming struggle, and boded ill of its result.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The burgomaster wore an air of sternness and self-importance which boded no good.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • I could not help feeling that our being there boded no good to me.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • It was a combination, in these times of evil rumor, that boded no good.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • He was bitterly hated by the "Conservatives," and this boded him no good.

  • It boded ill indeed for the pirate if ever the squadron should fall in with him.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • His heart was heavy in him, for he boded no good of this marriage.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • It was shiftless, it was sinful—it boded no good to the future of Demorest.

  • Glances and smiles were bestowed upon her that boded her no good.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
British Dictionary definitions for boded


to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
(transitive) (archaic) to predict; foretell
Derived Forms
boding, noun, adjective
bodement, noun
Word Origin
Old English bodian; related to Old Norse botha to proclaim, Old Frisian bodia to invite


the past tense of bide
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Word Origin and History for boded



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.

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