bode

1
[ bohd ]
/ boʊd /
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verb (used with object), bod·ed, bod·ing.

to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.

verb (used without object), bod·ed, bod·ing.

to portend: The news bodes well for him.

Nearby words

  1. boda-boda,
  2. bodacious,
  3. bodaciously,
  4. bodansky unit,
  5. bodanzky,
  6. bode's law,
  7. bodega,
  8. bodement,
  9. bodenheim,
  10. bodenheim, maxwell

Origin of bode

1
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

bode

2
[ bohd ]
/ boʊd /

verb

a simple past tense of bide.
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British Dictionary definitions for boded

bode

1
/ (bəʊd) /

verb

to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
(tr) archaic to predict; foretell
Derived Formsboding, noun, adjectivebodement, noun

Word Origin for bode

Old English bodian; related to Old Norse botha to proclaim, Old Frisian bodia to invite

bode

2
/ (bəʊd) /

verb

the past tense of bide
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Word Origin and History for boded

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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