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buxom

[buhk-suh m] /ˈbʌk səm/
adjective
1.
(of a woman) full-bosomed.
2.
(of a woman) healthy, plump, cheerful, and lively.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English, earlier buhsum pliant, equivalent to Old English būh (variant stem of būgan to bow1) + -sum -some1
Related forms
buxomly, adverb
buxomness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for buxomness

buxom

/ˈbʌksəm/
adjective
1.
(esp of a woman) healthily plump, attractive, and vigorous
2.
(of a woman) full-bosomed
Derived Forms
buxomly, adverb
buxomness, noun
Word Origin
C12: buhsum compliant, pliant, from Old English būgan to bend, bow1; related to Middle Dutch būchsam pliant, German biegsam
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Word Origin and History for buxomness

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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