[boh-dey-shuh s]


South Midland and Southern U.S. thorough; blatant; unmistakable: a bodacious gossip.
  1. remarkable; outstanding: a bodacious story.
  2. audacious; bold or brazen.
  3. sexy; voluptuous.

Origin of bodacious

1835–45; probably to be identified with dial. (Devon, Cornwall) bo(w)ldacious brazen, impudent, blend of bold and audacious
Related formsbo·da·cious·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bodacious

Contemporary Examples of bodacious

  • These bodacious adventurers have lived through some of the most interesting times in history.

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    June 27, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for bodacious



slang, mainly US impressive or remarkable; excellent

Word Origin for bodacious

C19: from English dialect; blend of bold + audacious
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Word Origin and History for bodacious

1837 (implied in bodaciously), Southern U.S. slang, perhaps from bodyaciously "bodily, totally," or a blend of bold and audacious, which suits the earliest attested sense of the word. Popularized anew by 1982 Hollywood film "An Officer and a Gentleman."

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