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[boh-dey-shuh s] /boʊˈdeɪ ʃəs/
South Midland and Southern U.S. thorough; blatant; unmistakable:
a bodacious gossip.
  1. remarkable; outstanding:
    a bodacious story.
  2. audacious; bold or brazen.
  3. sexy; voluptuous.
Origin of bodacious
1835-45; probably to be identified with dial. (Devon, Cornwall) bo(w)ldacious brazen, impudent, blend of bold and audacious
Related forms
bodaciously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bodacious
  • None of the hot profs pictured above strikes me as especially bodacious.
  • They are attractive, bodacious and charming filamentous gram-positive bacteria.
  • First of all, the cheese-to-pasta ratio is pretty bodacious.
  • Customers stand in a narrow space decorated with posters of bodacious babes on motorbikes, advertising beer.
  • Ivy poses in a full-length one that accentuates her bodacious body.
  • If you have some kids in tow, you'll find this show bodacious.
  • They didn't hug the hips correctly or make the booty bodacious.
  • These bodacious barnyard buddies present a show featuring amazing stunts and laughable antics.
British Dictionary definitions for bodacious


(slang, mainly US) impressive or remarkable; excellent
Word Origin
C19: from English dialect; blend of bold + audacious
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Word Origin and History for bodacious

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bodacious


  1. A mistake (1900+ Students)
  2. A mass of viscous matter; an amorphous portion; gob (1700s+)
  3. A useless person; an oaf or wimp: she is such a blob after work/ blobs into video games
  4. A very overweight person: Get that blob off my couch

: He blobbed the second question

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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