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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



May 29th, 2015

Episode 210 of 923 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 29, 2015 is: bodacious \boh-DAY-shuss\ adjective 1 : outright, unmistakable 2 : remarkable, noteworthy 3 : sexy, voluptuous Examples: The comedy writing team has created a sitcom pilot featuring two geeky guys and their bodacious female roommate. "She'd get a big kick out of this moment. Being honored and commemorated by the postal service with her own stamp, for the big, bold,bodaciouslife she dared to live, in a way that dazzled and gave meaning to those of us who knew her and many who didn't." Oprah Winfrey, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal, April 7, 2015 Did you know? Some of our readers may know bodacious as a word that figured prominently in the lingo of the 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Others may recall the term's frequent use in the long-running "Snuffy Smith" comic strip. Neither the creators of the comic strip nor the movie can claim to have coined bodacious, which actually first appeared in print in 1832, but both likely contributed to its popularity. The exact origin of the word is uncertain, but it was most likely influenced by bold and audacious, and it may be linked to boldacious, a term from British dialect.

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