buxomness

buxom

[buhk-suhm]
adjective
1.
(of a woman) full-bosomed.
2.
(of a woman) healthy, plump, cheerful, and lively.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English, earlier buhsum pliant, equivalent to Old English būh (variant stem of būgan to bow1) + -sum -some1

buxomly, adverb
buxomness, noun
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buxom (ˈbʌksəm)
 
adj
1.  (esp of a woman) healthily plump, attractive, and vigorous
2.  (of a woman) full-bosomed
 
[C12: buhsum compliant, pliant, from Old English būgan to bend, bow1; related to Middle Dutch būchsam pliant, German biegsam]
 
'buxomly
 
adv
 
'buxomness
 
n

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buxom
late 12c., buhsum "humble, obedient," from *buh- stem of O.E. bugen "to bow" + -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).
Du. buigzaam, Ger. biegsam "flexible, pliable" hew closer to the original sense of the English cognate.
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