Buxom Bux"om, a. [OE. buxum, boxom, buhsum, pliable, obedient, AS. b[=o]csum, b[=u]hsum (akin to D. buigzaam blexible, G. biegsam); b[=u]gan to bow, bend + -sum, E. -some. See {Bow} to bend, and {-some}.] 1. Yielding; pliable or compliant; ready to obey; obedient; tractable; docile; meek; humble. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

So wild a beast, so tame ytaught to be, And buxom to his bands, is joy to see. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

I submit myself unto this holy church of Christ, to be ever buxom and obedient to the ordinance of it. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the characteristics of health, vigor, and comeliness, combined with a gay, lively manner; stout and rosy; jolly; frolicsome. [1913 Webster]

A daughter fair, So buxom, blithe, and debonair. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

A parcel of buxom bonny dames, that were laughing, singing, dancing, and as merry as the day was long. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

3. having a pronounced womanly shape. [chiefly dialect]

Syn: bosomy, curvaceous, full-bosomed, sonsie, sonsy, voluptuous. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] -- {Bux"om*ly}, adv. -- {Bux"om*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • buxom — [adj] bosomy ample, built, busty, chubby, comely, curvaceous, curvy, fullbosomed, full figured, healthy, hearty, lusty, plump, robust, shapely, stacked*, voluptuous, well made, well proportioned, well rounded, zaftig*; concept 406 Ant. flat,… …   New thesaurus

  • buxom — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a woman) attractively plump and large breasted. ORIGIN originally in the sense «compliant», later «lively and good tempered»: from Old English, «to bend» …   English terms dictionary

  • buxom — [buk′səm] adj. [ME, humble, obedient < base of bouen,BOW1 + som, SOME1] 1. Obs. a) obedient b) flexible; pliant 2. Archaic healthy, comely, plump, jolly, etc …   English World dictionary

  • buxom — adjective /ˈbʌksəm/ a) Having a full, voluptuous figure, especially possessing large breasts. DIED. Robert Brooks, 69, canny businessman who, as chairman of Hooters, turned the bar restaurant chain, famed for buxom waitresses in orange hot pants …   Wiktionary

  • buxom — bux|om [ˈbʌksəm] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: buxom willing to obey, friendly (11 17 centuries), from Old English buhsum, from bugan to bend ] a woman who is buxom is attractively large and healthy and has big breasts …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • buxom — [[t]bʌ̱ksəm[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a woman as buxom, you mean that she looks healthy and attractive and has a rounded body and big breasts. Melissa was a tall, buxom blonde …   English dictionary

  • buxom — adjective Etymology: Middle English buxsum, from Old English *būhsum; akin to Old English būgan to bend more at bow Date: 12th century 1. obsolete a. obedient, tractable b. offering little …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • buxom — bux|om [ bʌksəm ] adjective a buxom woman is slightly fat in an attractive way, with large breasts …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • buxom — [12] Originally, buxom meant ‘obedient’. It goes back to an unrecorded *būhsum, which meant literally ‘capable of being bent’, and was formed from the verb būgan ‘bend’, from which modern English gets bow. The sequence by which the word’s present …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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