noun, plural bod·ies.
verb (used with object), bod·ied, bod·y·ing.
Origin of body
Synonyms for body
Antonyms for body
Related Words for bodyframe, carcass, torso, remains, party, individual, soul, person, box, material, skeleton, society, group, heart, shaft, embodiment, figure, form, makeup, tenement
Examples from the Web for body
Contemporary Examples of body
And not just sick in the body but in your mind, because you start obsessing.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
It jettisons jiggling ribbons of joy to every part of my body.
My body used for his hard pleasure; a stone god gripping me in his hands.
“I have to think her body type played a role,” said Rachel Greenblatt, a Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard University.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of body
Exhausted in mind and body, she could not long endure this tide of recollection.
I have never seen the soul withdrawn without a struggle with the body.
When the soul was again led into the body, it related all that had happened to it.
I asked, 'Is this the divine home, whence I departed into the body?'
His eyes were closed, his face a dead, chalky white, and his body hung limp.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
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
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with body
- body blow
- body English
- keep body and soul together
- over my dead body