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1837 (implied in bodaciously), Southern U.S. slang, perhaps from bodyaciously "bodily, totally," or a blend of bold and audacious, which suits the earliest attested sense of the word. Popularized anew by 1982 Hollywood film "An Officer and a Gentleman."
Extreme; excellent, admirable: That's one bodacious pair of ta-tas on that blonde
[chiefly Southern 1840s+; fr early 19thcentury bodyaciously, ''bodily, totally'']