bodacious
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /boʊˈdeɪʃəs/
Adjective

bodacious

  1. (US) Audacious and unrestrained.
    If you’re going to lie, you might as well tell a bodacious lie.
    • 1898, Emma M. Bachus, “Tales of the Rabbit from Georgia Negroes” in Journal of American Folk-Lore (Vol 12, No 45), page 115. Google Book page link ↗.
      Then that bodacious Brer Rabbit, he go softly through the bresh, and just creep inside that pig and lay hisself down, and he lay out to keep he eye open and watch out for the cart, but ’fore he know hisself he fall asleep.
    • 2007, Darryl Scriven, Daphne Rolle (foreword), A Dealer of Old Clothes: Philosophical Conversations with David Walker, Preface, [http://books.google.com/books?id=5bWAigr76rsC&pg=PR13&dq=%22more|most+bodacious%22&hl=en&ei=Mw1uTqGhG8jZmAXkn_EN&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwATge#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20bodacious%22&f=false page xiii]:
      Modestly titled ‘Appeal’ with a more particular subtitle, Walker’s text was probably the most bodacious expression of cultural discontent and disavowal of slavery that American society had ever known.
  2. (US) Incorrigible and insolent.
    You, sir, are a bodacious scoundrel.
  3. (Australian slang, US slang) Impressively great in size, and enormous; extraordinary.
    • 1999, Leo Frankowski, A Boy and His Tank, Baen, First Hardback Printing, pg. 1:
      Twenty meters in diameter to match the bore of the huge Japanese ore drilling machines, the floor had been leveled by an equally bodacious milling robot, and the shiny metallic walls seemed to stretch on to infinity.
  4. (of a person) Sexy, attractive.
    • 2004, Sara Gwenllian-Jones, Roberta E. Pearson, Cult Television, [http://books.google.com/books?id=aBd3u0KnQg8C&pg=PA73&dq=%22more|most+bodacious%22&hl=en&ei=weZtToHhFqbvmAX4nvQJ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20bodacious%22&f=false page 73]:
      [Patrick] Stewart has “been named The Most Bodacious Man on TV by the readers of TV Guide (1992), one of the 10 Sexiest Men by Playgirl (1995), and one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine (1995)”. Asked how he felt about TV Guide’s readers voting him “The Most Bodacious Man on TV,” Stewart replied, “It still astonishes me. It is truly incomprehensible to this day. But it’s very pleasant.”
Adverb

bodacious

  1. (US, nonstandard) Bodaciously.
    • 1935, Robert E. Howard, The Riot at Cougar Paw, in 1935 October, Action Stories:
      Well, he knows by this time, I reckon, that the fastest man afoot can’t noways match speed with a hornet. He taken out through the bresh and thickets, yelpin’ and hollerin’ and hoppin’ most bodacious. He run in a circle, too, for in three minutes he come bellerin’ back, gave one last hop and dove back into the thicket. By this time I figgered he’d wore the hornets out, so I came alive again.



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