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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUXOM

She was English, and by nature, of a buxom figure and cheerful.

She was genial, buxom and apple-faced, as becomes a landlady.

But the Peakes are happy, and the twins are growing up to be buxom children.

It amused him to see the buxom women flagging the train at crossings.

Buxom were Craigiebuckle's "dochters," and Jamie was Janet's accepted suitor.

The housekeeper, a comfortable, buxom Cornish woman, smiled incredulously.

If the shadowy roeshad is not for me neither is her cousin, the buxom roebuck.

She was a buxom girl with dark hair and eyes, calm and self-possessed.

Gay, laughing, healthy, buxom—a natural product of her care-free environment.

His hope was fulfilled when the buxom Mrs. Spencer returned, which she speedily did.

WORD ORIGIN

late 12c., buhsum "humble, obedient," from Proto-Germanic *buh- stem of Old English bugen "to bow" (see bow (v.)) + -som, for a total meaning "capable of being bent."

Meaning progressed from "compliant, obliging," through "lively, jolly," "healthily plump, vigorous," to (in women, and perhaps influenced by lusty) "plump, comely" (1580s). Used often of breasts, and by 1950s it had begun to be used more narrowly for "bosomy" and could be paired with slim (adj.). Dutch buigzaam, German biegsam "flexible, pliable" hew closer to the original sense of the English cognate.

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