- a foreboding; omen.
- foreboding; ominous.
Origin of boding
- to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
- Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
- to portend: The news bodes well for him.
Origin of bode1
- a simple past tense of bide.
Examples from the Web for boding
The time was spent in angry altercation, boding no good for the future.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
Suddenly Mayo saw an ominous sight and heard a boding sound.Blow The Man Down
An answer that fills me with boding apprehension, with foreshadows of despair.Past and Present
The boding speech appears like a prophecy, on the instant realised.The Flag of Distress
The doctor, peering after him with strange, sad eyes, shook a boding head.Cursed
George Allan England
- to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
- (tr) archaic to predict; foretell
- the past tense of bide
Word Origin and History for boding
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.