AskDefine | Define bode

Dictionary Definition

bode v : indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" [syn: portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict]

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English

Etymology 1

From O.E. bodian, from boda, cognate with Dutch bode & German Bote; probably related to bid, from the Proto-Germanic root (compare O.S. gibod, German gebot & Gebot, O.N. boð).
Since 1740 also a shortening of forebode

Verb

  1. To indicate by signs, as future events; to be the omen of; to portend to presage; to foreshow.
  2. (v. i.) To foreshow something; to augur.

Noun

  1. An omen; a foreshadowing.
  2. A bid; an offer. (v. t.) A messenger; a herald.
  3. A stop; a halting; delay.

Etymology 2

  1. inflected form of bide

Verb

bode
  1. simple past of bide
Derived terms

Dutch

Noun

bode or (plural boden, bodes)

Derived terms

References

Portuguese

Noun

  1. goat (animal)

Spanish

Noun

bode

Extensive Definition

Bode may refer to:
bode in German: Bode (Begriffsklärung)
bode in Spanish: Bode (desambiguación)
bode in French: Bode

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

apprehend, augur, betoken, croak, forebode, foreshadow, foreshow, foretoken, forewarn, have a premonition, have a presentiment, look black, lower, menace, omen, portend, preapprehend, presage, promise, threaten, warn
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