[ bod-l-ee ]
/ ˈbɒd l i /


of or relating to the body.
corporeal or material, as contrasted with spiritual or mental.


as a physical entity; as a complete physical unit: The tornado picked him up bodily and threw him against the wall.
in person: You have to appear bodily at the box office in order to have your reservation confirmed.

Nearby words

  1. bodhrán,
  2. bodice,
  3. bodice ripper,
  4. bodied,
  5. bodiless,
  6. boding,
  7. bodingly,
  8. bodkin,
  9. bodleian,
  10. bodley

Origin of bodily

First recorded in 1250–1300, bodily is from the Middle English word bodylich. See body, -ly

Related formsnon·bod·i·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bodily


/ (ˈbɒdɪlɪ) /


relating to or being a part of the human body


by taking hold of the bodyhe threw him bodily from the platform
in person; in the flesh
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Word Origin and History for bodily



c.1300, "pertaining to the body;" also opposed to "spiritual;" from body + -ly (1). As an adverb (with -ly (2)) from late 14c.

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