noun, plural bod·ies.
verb (used with object), bod·ied, bod·y·ing.
Origin of body
Examples from the Web for bodies
He observes the bodies floating away on the river, pulling on his cigarette with a sneer.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Their bodies were later found incinerated and buried in mass graves outside of town.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Within hours, the Indonesian navy said dozens of bodies were being seen.
Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol.
These women interred the bodies of saints on their own properties and occasionally managed to influence papal politics.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots|Candida Moss|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Burial became too gigantic a labor, and John and Simon ordered the bodies thrown over the walls to prevent pestilence.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
It has often been known to kill snakes and to feed upon their bodies afterward.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
For a few tense seconds the two bodies of men remained motionless, forming a tremendously impressive tableau.A Chinese Command|Harry Collingwood
A number of Hungarians collected about a number of bodies at Cambria which had been washed up, and began rifling the trunks.History of the Johnstown Flood|Willis Fletcher Johnson
Yet with other women it affords me mad pleasure to kiss them, every part of their bodies.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for bodies
noun plural bodies
- the entire physical structure of an animal or human beingRelated adjectives: corporeal, physical
- (as modifier)body odour
- the pigment contained in or added to paint, dye, etc
- the opacity of a paint in covering a surface
- the apparent viscosity of a paint
- a white filler mixed with pigments to make them opaque
- (as modifier)body colour See also gouache
verb bodies, bodying or bodied (tr)
Word Origin for body
Word Origin and History for bodies
Old English bodig "trunk, chest" (of a man or animal); related to Old High German botah, of unknown origin. Not elsewhere in Germanic, and the word has died out in German (replaced by leib, originally "life," and körper, from Latin). In English, extension to "person" is from late 13c. Meaning "main part" of anything was in late Old English, hence its use in reference to vehicles (1520s).
Contrasted with soul since at least mid-13c. Meaning "corpse" (short for dead body) is from late 13c. Transferred to matter generally in Middle English (e.g. heavenly body, late 14c.). Body politic "the nation, the state" first recorded 1520s, legalese, with French word order. Body image was coined 1935. Body language is attested from 1967, perhaps from French langage corporel (1966). Phrase over my dead body attested by 1833.
Medicine definitions for bodies
Idioms and Phrases with bodies
In addition to the idioms beginning with body
- body blow
- body English
- keep body and soul together
- over my dead body