- 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.
Examples from the Web for boded
And she watched him with an evil, staring eye that boded nothing good.The Night Riders
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
It was a combination, in these times of evil rumor, that boded no good.The Cryptogram
William Murray Graydon
- to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
- (tr) archaic to predict; foretell
- the past tense of bide
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.