[ buhk-suh m ]
/ ˈbʌk səm /


(of a woman) full-bosomed.
(of a woman) healthy, plump, cheerful, and lively.

Origin of buxom

1125–75; Middle English, earlier buhsum pliant, equivalent to Old English būh (variant stem of būgan to bow1) + -sum -some1

Related forms

bux·om·ly, adverbbux·om·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for buxom


/ (ˈbʌksəm) /


(esp of a woman) healthily plump, attractive, and vigorous
(of a woman) full-bosomed

Derived Forms

buxomly, adverbbuxomness, noun

Word Origin for buxom

C12: buhsum compliant, pliant, from Old English būgan to bend, bow 1; related to Middle Dutch būchsam pliant, German biegsam
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