buxom

[ buhk-suh m ]
/ ˈbʌk səm /

adjective

(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 formsbux·om·ly, adverbbux·om·ness, noun
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buxom

/ (ˈbʌksəm) /

adjective

(esp of a woman) healthily plump, attractive, and vigorous
(of a woman) full-bosomed
Derived Formsbuxomly, 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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Word Origin and History for buxom

buxom


adj.

late 12c., buhsum "humble, obedient," from Proto-Germanic *buh- stem of Old English bugen "to bow" (see bow (v.)) + -som, for a total meaning "capable of being bent."

Meaning progressed from "compliant, obliging," through "lively, jolly," "healthily plump, vigorous," to (in women, and perhaps influenced by lusty) "plump, comely" (1580s). Used often of breasts, and by 1950s it had begun to be used more narrowly for "bosomy" and could be paired with slim (adj.). Dutch buigzaam, German biegsam "flexible, pliable" hew closer to the original sense of the English cognate.

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