One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a woman) plump, especially with large breasts.
large-breasted, big-breasted, full-breasted, heavy-breasted, bosomy, large-bosomed, big-bosomed, full-bosomedView synonyms
- ‘Men of a certain age wooed blonde, buxom women a generation younger.’
- ‘Oh, when we were finished eating the buxom waitress came over, leaned her buxom-ness over the table and asked if we would like to see the dessert menu.’
- ‘At eighteen, she was delightfully short, slightly buxom, and full of youthful vigor.’
- ‘I thought it'd be a bit like an airline with buxom hostesses in short skirts coming round with drinks and stuff on trolleys.’
- ‘She's a buxom lady with deft fingers and a can-do attitude, and we find her huddled over a clay screen at the village hall in Litton, one of the happiest little hamlets in the Peak District.’
- ‘When he married her, she had been plain and thin, not like the buxom women he preferred.’
- ‘I trail after the buxom nurse sewn into her uniform.’
- ‘She was a very blond girl, and a very buxom girl, but not very bright.’
- ‘He turned to face his buxom maid on the far side of the bar.’
- ‘He bashed up the competition, and slurped in the direction of a buxom heroine.’
- ‘Before he could focus on the living room crammed with people, he was pounced on by a short, chubby, buxom woman who hugged him fiercely.’
- ‘He ditched her later for some blond buxom groupie.’
- ‘There are indeed western women - blonde, buxom women - who lead open, flirtatious and glamorous lives.’
- ‘There is a whole lot more to this buxom lady than just the girl seen running on the beach with the lemon tresses.’
- ‘The idea had been to plaster a picture of a buxom babe somewhere ahead of the treadmill for him to aim for and help focus the mind but that was a no-no.’
- ‘A buxom woman sat at the piano banging out popular music hall tunes.’
- ‘So how then did the cited unmentionables, including a prized photograph of the buxom lady at age 22, become interred with someone else's bones?’
- ‘These women are more buxom and much thinner than I can even pretend to be.’
- ‘Pictures of buxom women on ballads could be a selling point for a male audience - and a female one too if the pictures actually described the latest fashions.’
- ‘The door was opened by a buxom woman who seemed to be approaching middle age.’
Middle English: from the stem of Old English būgan ‘to bend’ (see bow) + -some. The original sense was ‘compliant, obliging’, later ‘lively and good-tempered’, influenced by the traditional association of plumpness and good health with an easygoing nature.
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