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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A buxom woman wears a tall hat.
▪ By the gate the Patriarch's buxom companion was still at work, weeding a not particularly fertile-looking patch of edging.
▪ From the time of Barbie on, both the buxom Playboy types and the brunette model types got thinner and thinner.
▪ In 1959, a body type was born that was a combination of the buxom blonde and the elegant brunette.
▪ Rhoda was forty-eight, blonde, buxom and so cheerful Ken said she ought to be a barmaid.
▪ She was buxom, and the rust-red pullover she wore was not designed to minimize the fact.
▪ The house now belongs to a buxom blonde from Lyon, wife of a driving instructor.
▪ Two competing ideal female body types developed: the buxom blonde and the elegant brunette.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.]

    So wild a beast, so tame ytaught to be, And buxom to his bands, is joy to see.

    I submit myself unto this holy church of Christ, to be ever buxom and obedient to the ordinance of it.

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

    A daughter fair, So buxom, blithe, and debonair.

    A parcel of buxom bonny dames, that were laughing, singing, dancing, and as merry as the day was long.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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). In Johnson [1755] the primary meaning still is "obedient, obsequious."\n

\nUsed 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.


a. 1 (context of a woman English) Having a full, voluptuous figure, especially possessing large breasts. 2 (context dated of a woman English) healthy, lively. 3 (context archaic English) cheerful, lively, happy. 4 (context obsolete English) flexible, pliant.

  1. adj. (of a woman's body) having a large bosom and pleasing curves; "Hollywood seems full of curvaceous blondes"; "a curvy young woman in a tight dress" [syn: bosomy, busty, curvaceous, curvy, full-bosomed, sonsie, sonsy, voluptuous, well-endowed]

  2. euphemisms for slightly fat; "a generation ago...buxom actresses were popular"- Robt.A.Hamilton; "chubby babies"; "pleasingly plump" [syn: chubby, embonpoint, plump, zaftig, zoftig]

Usage examples of "buxom".

Foye, in her buxom cheeriness, was drawn to give some of it forth to the uncouth-looking, companionless girl, and not only began a chat with her, after the momentary stir in the street was over, and she had settled herself upon her stool, and leaning her back against a tree, set vigorously to work again at knitting a stout blue yarn stocking, but also treated Bubby and Baby to some bits of her sweet merchandise, and told them about the bears and the monkeys that had gone by, shut up in the gay, red-and-yellow-painted wagons.

These people also he deemed well before the world, for they were well clad and buxom, and made no great haste as they went, but looked about them as though they deemed the world worth looking at, and as if they had no fear either of a blow or a hard word for loitering.

Carrados would have received the impression of a plainly, almost dowdily, dressed young woman of buxom figure.

Even as she kissed him, he felt one of the others, the buxom one, Estancia, slide up against him and begin sucking his right nipple.

He sprang to his feet, and pushed the woman, a buxom person of about thirty, from him.

Misses Hobday was a neighbour, a buxom body with a heart as large as her bosom.

They entered a sprawling saloon called the Bold Adventuress through batwing doors featuring bas relief designs of buxom women.

With what breadth, yet precision, she reproduced pursy Abbot Boniface, devoted Prior Eustace, wild Christie of the Clinthill, buxom Mysie Hopper, exquisite Sir Percy Shafton, and even tried her hand to some purpose on the ethereal White Lady.

Esteem Elliott was even more troubled than the rest of Colchester, for was not her buxom daughter, and only child, Prudence Ann, to be married on Thanksgiving Day to the son of a great magnate in the neighbouring town of Hebron?

Brackets and chandeliers reflected in the polished backbar mirrors, and gleamed against the huge portrait of a buxom reclining nude.

She looked to Bobbi for agreement, but the buxom blonde stood silent, still apparently shaken from her near miss cardiectomy on the marble slab.

A rather buxom maiden brought Gless a tankard of ale, giving him a smile and a wink along with it.

Sandgrouse were big enough to make a decent meal, and so were those cooing turtledoves, she thought, looking around to see if she could spot the buxom birds that resembled the brown sandgrouse in general size and shape.

Teresa Slater, who was forty-two, naturally blond, pleasantly buxom, stylishly dressed, and who had worked for the Honorable Frederick K.

This astonished him, and he looked at her, whom he had remembered as buxom and middleaged, now haggard and wrinkled and white haired, and her teeth were yellow snags loose in her jaws, and looking at her thus he saw in a full moment how many and how swift were the years that had passed since he was a young man coming with his first-born son in his arms, and for the first time in his life Wang Lung felt his age creeping upon him.