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From Middle English buxum, buhsum(bendsome, flexible, pliant, obedient), from Old English *būhsum(bendsome, pliant), a derivative of Old English būgan(to bend, bow), equivalent to bow +‎ -some. Cognate with Dutch buigzaam(flexible, pliant), German biegsam(flexible, pliant).



buxom ‎(comparative buxomer or more buxom, superlative buxomest or most buxom)

  1. (of a woman) Having a full, voluptuous figure, especially possessing large breasts.
    • 2003, "Milestones," Time, 23 Jul.,
      DIED. Robert Brooks, 69, canny businessman who, as chairman of Hooters, turned the bar-restaurant chain, famed for buxom waitresses in orange hot pants, into an international success.
  2. (dated, of a woman) Healthy, lively.
    • 1896, Thomas Hardy, A Group of Noble Dames, "Dame the Eighth: The Lady Penelope,"
      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.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, “26”, in Babbitt:
      He had not seen Zilla since Paul had shot her, and he still pictured her as buxom, high-colored, lively, and a little blowsy.
  3. (archaic) Cheerful, lively, happy.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, ch. 41,
      The Outlaw accordingly led the way, followed by the buxom Monarch, more happy, probably, in this chance meeting with Robin Hood and his foresters, than he would have been in again assuming his royal state.
  4. (obsolete) Flexible, pliant.
    • 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 […].



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