noun, plural bod·ies.
verb (used with object), bod·ied, bod·y·ing.
- bodley, george frederick,
- bodoni, giambattista,
- bodvar bjarki,
- body armour,
- body art,
- body bag,
- body beautiful,
- body blow
Origin of body
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.
keep body and soul together
Stay alive, support life, as in He earns barely enough to keep body and soul together. This expression alludes to the belief that the soul gives life to the body, which therefore cannot survive without it. Today it most often is applied to earning a living. [Early 1700s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with body
- body blow
- body English
- keep body and soul together
- over my dead body