- bucksome (archaic)
From Middle English buxum, buhsum, bucsum, also ibucsum, ibuhsum (“bendsome, flexible, pliant, obedient”), from Old English bōcsum, *būhsum, *ġebūhsum (“bendsome, pliant, obedient”), from Proto-West Germanic *beuhsam, *beugsam, equivalent to bow (“to bend, bow at the waist”) + -some or buck (“to bend, buckle, kick”) + -some.
- (of a woman) Having a full, voluptuous figure, especially possessing large breasts.
- Synonyms: bosomy, big-breasted, busty, chesty, plump, round, shapely, full-throated; see also Thesaurus:voluptuous
- (dated) Full of health, vigour, and good temper.
- 1932, John Buchan, chapter IV, in The Gap in the Curtain:
- Claypole, the buxom novelist,...[his] bubbling utterances....
- 1896, Thomas Hardy, “Dame the Eighth: The Lady Penelope”, in A Group of Noble Dames:
- So heated and impassioned, indeed, would they become, that the lady hardly felt herself safe in their company at such times, notwithstanding that she was a brave and buxom damsel, not easily put out, and with a daring spirit of humour in her composition.
- (obsolete) Physically flexible or unresisting.
- 1615, Helkiah Crooke, Mikrokosmographia:
- Their substance is of a middle Nature betwixt bones and gristles moderately hard, the better to beare the violence of outward iniures, flexible or buxome that they should not breake but giue way to violence, pellucide or transparant and therefore they are either red or liuid according to their flesh vnder them.
- (obsolete, by extension) Morally pliant; obedient and easily yielding to pressure.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.8::
- They downe him hold, and fast with cords do bynde, / Till they him force the buxome yoke to beare […].
- 1869, Newell Connop Thirlwall, Letters:
- You will certainly be rewarded for this improvement in your conduct by a notable increase of tranquillity and cheerfulness in your view both of the past and of the future; and in the hope that you will be buxom and good, I conclude by New Year's lecture.
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- ^ 'buxum, adj.' (2018). In: Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. URL: http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/25479
- ^ Klein, Ernest. (1969 (1965)). A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. Dealing with the origin of words and their sense development thus illustrating the history of civilization and culture. Vol. I A-K. II vols. Elsevier Publishing Company.