bosom [booz-uhm, boo-zuhm] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- the breast of a human being.
- the breasts of a woman.
- the part of a garment that covers the breast.
- the breast, conceived of as the center of feelings or emotions.
- something likened to the human breast: the bosom of the earth.
- a state of enclosing intimacy; warm closeness: the bosom of the family.
- of, relating to, or worn on or over the bosom.
- intimate or confidential: a bosom friend.
verb (used with object)
- to take to the bosom; embrace; cherish.
- to hide from view; conceal.
Origin of bosom before 1000; Middle English; Old English bōs(u)m; cognate with Dutch boesem, German Busen Synonyms for bosom heart, affection. 8. close, cherished, boon, dear. Related Words for bosom chest, bust, teats, conscience, center, inside, soul, interior, circle, spirit, sympathies, emotions, feelings, sentiments Examples from the Web for bosom Contemporary Examples of bosom4.
Close by, a fat woman was holding a small brown-and-white dog to her bosom.
June 7, 2014
Although he “returned to the bosom of my family after the nightmare years,” he often thought about his fallen comrades.
May 1, 2014
Arriving in Boston was like landing upon the bosom of serenity from the derangement of a war zone.
May 16, 2013
With Mofaz folding himself back into the bosom of the Likud, it is hard to see just what change is getting started.
July 9, 2012
Other series starring roles: The Powers That Be, Bosom Buddies, and, currently, Two and a Half Men.
March 6, 2012
Historical Examples of bosom
The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.
Lydia Maria Child
Of all this scene, the slumbering river has a dream-picture in its bosom.
But she bore trouble in her own bosom, and could find no peace in this chosen land.
But she stretched out her arms to him, and drew him to her bosom.
Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.
Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for bosom bosom noun
- the chest or breast of a person, esp the female breasts
- the part of a woman’s dress, coat, etc, that covers the chest
- a protective centre or partthe bosom of the family
- the breast considered as the seat of emotions
- (modifier) very dear; intimatea bosom friend
- to embrace
- to conceal or carry in the bosom
Word Origin for bosom Old English bōsm; related to Old High German buosam Word Origin and History for bosom n.
Old English bosm “breast; womb; surface; ship’s hold,” from West Germanic *bosm- (cf. Old Frisian bosm, Old Saxon bosom, Middle Dutch boesem, Dutch boezem, Old High German buosam, German Busen “bosom, breast”), perhaps from PIE root *bhou- “to grow, swell,” or *bhaghus “arm” (in which case the primary notion would be “enclosure formed by the breast and the arms”). Narrowed meaning “a woman’s breasts” is from 1959; but bosomy “big-breasted” is from 1928. Bosom-friend is attested 1580s; bosom buddy from 1920s.
bosom in Medicine bosom [buz′əm, bōō′zəm] n.
- The chest of a human.
- A woman’s breast or breasts.