[ boh-dey-shuh s ]
/ boʊˈdeɪ ʃəs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. bockedy,
  2. bockscar,
  3. bocor,
  4. bod,
  5. boda-boda,
  6. bodaciously,
  7. bodansky unit,
  8. bodanzky,
  9. bode,
  10. bode's law

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bodacious


/ (bəʊˈdeɪʃəs) /


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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