boding

[ boh-ding ]
/ ˈboʊ dɪŋ /
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noun

a foreboding; omen.

adjective

foreboding; ominous.

Origin of boding

before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English bodunge announcement (see bode1, -ing1); (adj.) bode1 + -ing2
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Definition for boding (2 of 3)

bode

1
[ bohd ]
/ boʊd /

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.

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

Definition for boding (3 of 3)

bode

2
[ bohd ]
/ boʊd /

verb

a simple past tense of bide.
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British Dictionary definitions for boding (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for boding (2 of 2)

bode

2
/ (bəʊd) /

verb

the past tense of bide
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Word Origin and History for boding

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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