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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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  • All was calm—but there was a wildness in the sky like that of anger, which boded evil passions on the part of the atmosphere.

  • His heart was heavy in him, for he boded no good of this marriage.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • They were going to see Hoover's father, was the apparent explanation, and it boded ill.

  • It was shiftless, it was sinful—it boded no good to the future of Demorest.

  • It was a look that boded Tom no good, for the former pitcher had recognized in the new arrival a formidable rival.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • He foresaw the coming struggle, and boded ill of its result.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • She conjectured that they boded her no good, but she could not penetrate into her aunts designs.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • The burgomaster wore an air of sternness and self-importance which boded no good.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • But I saw a look in the eyes of the men around me that boded ill for the Hun when they should be reported fit for duty.

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

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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