having a breast.
having a specified kind of breast (usually used in combination): narrow-breasted.

Origin of breasted

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1300; see origin at breast, -ed3




James Henry,1865–1935, U.S. archaeologist and historian of ancient Egypt.




Anatomy, Zoology. (in bipeds) the outer, front part of the thorax, or the front part of the body from the neck to the abdomen; chest.
Zoology. the corresponding part in quadrupeds.
either of the pair of mammae occurring on the chest in humans and having a discrete areola around the nipple, especially the mammae of the female after puberty, which are enlarged and softened by hormonally influenced mammary-gland development and fat deposition and which secrete milk after the birth of a child: the breasts of males normally remain rudimentary.
the part of a garment that covers the chest.
the bosom conceived of as the center of emotion: What anger lay in his breast when he made that speech?
a projection from a wall, as part of a chimney.
any surface or part resembling or likened to the human breast.
Mining. the face or heading at which the work is going on.
  1. the front of an open-hearth furnace.
  2. the clay surrounding the taphole of a cupola.
  1. breast line.
  2. a rounded bow.

verb (used with object)

to meet or oppose boldly; confront: As a controversial public figure he has breasted much hostile criticism.
to contend with or advance against: The ship breasted the turbulent seas.
to climb or climb over (a mountain, obstacle, etc.).
to overcome, succeed against.
to come alongside or abreast of.

Verb Phrases

breast in, Nautical. to bind (an object, as a boatswain's chair) securely under a projection, as the flare of a bow.
breast off, Nautical.
  1. to thrust (a vessel) sideways from a wharf.
  2. to keep (a vessel) away from a wharf by means of timbers.

Origin of breast

before 1000; Middle English brest, Old English brēost; cognate with Old Norse brjōst; akin to German Brust, Gothic brusts, Dutch borst
Related formsbreast·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for breasted

Historical Examples of breasted

  • But Abbot opened the next gate, and again they breasted the incoming torrent.

  • Once more the “Frolic” breasted the waves of the Atlantic, her course being for fair Cadiz.

  • At all of these he was a dab, by dint of steep experience; but now the long hill must be breasted, and both shoulders set to it.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

  • She breasted the fierce waves at the entrance to the inlet boldly.

    A Prisoner of Morro

    Upton Sinclair

  • With that picture in his heart he breasted the storm and went home whistling cheerfully, walking through his world like a prince.

    A Certain Rich Man

    William Allen White

British Dictionary definitions for breasted



the front part of the body from the neck to the abdomen; chest
either of the two soft fleshy milk-secreting glands on the chest in sexually mature human femalesadjective mammary
a similar organ in certain other mammals
anything that resembles a breast in shape or positionthe breast of the hill
a source of nourishmentthe city took the victims to its breast
the source of human emotions
the part of a garment that covers the breast
a projection from the side of a wall, esp that formed by a chimney
mining the face being worked at the end of a tunnel
beat one's breast to display guilt and remorse publicly or ostentatiously
make a clean breast of to make a confession of

verb (tr)

to confront boldly; facebreast the storm
to oppose with the breast or meet at breast levelbreasting the waves
to come alongside ofbreast the ship
to reach the summit ofbreasting the mountain top

Word Origin for breast

Old English brēost; related to Old Norse brjōst, Old High German brust, Dutch borst, Swedish bräss, Old Irish brū belly, body
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Word Origin and History for breasted



Old English breost "breast, bosom; mind, thought, disposition," from Proto-Germanic *breustam "breast" (cf. Old Saxon briost, Old Frisian briast, Old Norse brjost, Dutch borst, German brust, Gothic brusts), perhaps literally "swelling" and from PIE root *bhreus- "to swell, sprout" (cf. Middle Irish bruasach "having a broad, strong chest," Old Irish bruinne "breast"). The spelling conforms to the Scottish and northern England dialectal pronunciation. Figurative sense of "seat of the emotions" was in Old English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for breasted




Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman; mammary gland; mamma.
A corresponding rudimentary gland in the male.
The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.
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Idioms and Phrases with breasted


see keep abreast of; make a clean breast of.

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