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See also: Bodily
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɑdɪli/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɒdɪli/
Audio (US) (file)
- Hyphenation: bod‧i‧ly
- Homophone: bawdily (in accents with the cot-caught merger)
- Of, relating to, or concerning the body.
- His bodily deficiencies were a heavy burden to him.
- Having a body or material form; physical; corporeal.
- 1709 May 25 (Gregorian calendar), Isaac Bickerstaff [et al., pseudonyms; Richard Steele et al.], “Saturday, May 14, 1709”, in The Tatler, number 15; republished in [Richard Steele], editor, The Tatler, […], London stereotype edition, volume I, London: I. Walker and Co.; […], 1822, →OCLC:
- You are a mere spirit, and have no knowledge of the bodily part of us.
- Real; actual; put into execution.
relating to the body
bodily (not comparable)
- In bodily form; physically, corporally.
- 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Voyage”, in Treasure IslandWikisource:
- In I got bodily into the apple barrel, and found there was scarce an apple left; but sitting down there in the dark, what with the sound of the waters and the rocking movement of the ship, I had either fallen asleep or was on the point of doing so when a heavy man sat down with rather a clash close by.
- Pertaining to the whole body or mass; wholly.
- 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House:
- The papering of one side of the room had dropped down bodily, with fragments of plaster adhering to it, and almost blocked up the door.
- 1958, Jacob Viner, The Long View and the Short, page 112:
- It is true that in adopting the short view many of the younger economists have not merely taken over the lay notions bodily.
- Forcefully, vigorously.
- He was thrown bodily out of the house.
The adverb is usually placed after the verb it modifies: present bodily is more common than bodily present.