- (of a woman) full-bosomed.
- (of a woman) healthy, plump, cheerful, and lively.
Origin of buxom
Examples from the Web for buxom
Virtual Kim swans in every so often to dish out advice like a buxom fairy godmother.Inside ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’: The Reality Star’s Aspirational App and Vainest Project Yet
June 23, 2014
She was also a buxom beauty, a kind of nineteenth century bombshell who loved to flirt.Lincoln in Love
February 14, 2014
The sub-text: “The picture editor wants to see me dressed up like a buxom serving wench.”Text And Sub-Text: Breaking The Secret Pippa Code
October 4, 2013
At one point, she almost lost out to buxom blond Natasha Henstridge.What’s Behind Hollywood’s Asian Flirtation? China’s Box Office
August 3, 2013
But to some, the idea of a 6-year-old lending her image to a brand famous for provocative spreads and buxom models is inexcusable.Too Young to Model: Anna Nicole Smith’s 6-Year-Old Modeling Spawn
November 28, 2012
She was English, and by nature, of a buxom figure and cheerful.The Uncommercial Traveller
She was genial, buxom and apple-faced, as becomes a landlady.The Lion's Skin
But the Peakes are happy, and the twins are growing up to be buxom children.Darry the Life Saver
Frank V. Webster
It amused him to see the buxom women flagging the train at crossings.The Lure of the Mask
Buxom were Craigiebuckle's "dochters," and Jamie was Janet's accepted suitor.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
- (esp of a woman) healthily plump, attractive, and vigorous
- (of a woman) full-bosomed
Word Origin and History for buxom
late 12c., buhsum "humble, obedient," from Proto-Germanic *buh- stem of Old English bugen "to bow" (see bow (v.)) + -som, for a total meaning "capable of being bent."
Meaning progressed from "compliant, obliging," through "lively, jolly," "healthily plump, vigorous," to (in women, and perhaps influenced by lusty) "plump, comely" (1580s). Used often of breasts, and by 1950s it had begun to be used more narrowly for "bosomy" and could be paired with slim (adj.). Dutch buigzaam, German biegsam "flexible, pliable" hew closer to the original sense of the English cognate.