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.

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

Synonyms for bodily

2. See physical. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bodily

Contemporary Examples of bodily

Historical Examples of bodily

  • His mental anguish 'was united with bodily illness and suffering.

  • But he was prominent in nothing, for prominence was to him a thing like bodily pain.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • The tail of the Angora serves as a barometer of its bodily and mental condition.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • The sheer power of the American bodily machine, driven by the American will, is magnificent.

  • It wears out more quickly than the bodily machine of the Englishman.

British Dictionary definitions for bodily



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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