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boding

[boh-ding] /ˈboʊ dɪŋ/
noun
1.
a foreboding; omen.
adjective
2.
foreboding; ominous.
Origin of boding
1000
before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English bodunge announcement (see bode1, -ing1); (adj.) bode1 + -ing2
Related forms
bodingly, adverb
nonboding, adjective
nonbodingly, adverb
preboding, adjective
unboding, adjective
well-boding, adjective

bode1

[bohd] /boʊd/
verb (used with object), boded, boding.
1.
to be an omen of; portend:
The news bodes evil days for him.
2.
Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
verb (used without object), boded, boding.
3.
to portend:
The news bodes well for him.
Origin
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

bode2

[bohd] /boʊd/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of bide.
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bode1

/bəʊd/
verb
1.
to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
2.
(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

bode2

/bəʊd/
verb
1.
the past tense of bide
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Word Origin and History for boding

bode

v.

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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