What does bosom mean?

Definitions for bosom
ˈbʊz əm, ˈbu zəmbo·som

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bosomnoun

    the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept

    "his bosom was bursting with the secret"

  2. bosomnoun

    a person's breast or chest

  3. bosomnoun

    cloth that covers the chest or breasts

  4. embrace, bosomnoun

    a close affectionate and protective acceptance

    "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"

  5. heart, bosomnoun

    the locus of feelings and intuitions

    "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom"

  6. breast, bosom, knocker, boob, tit, tittyverb

    either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman

  7. bosomverb

    hide in one's bosom

    "She bosomed his letters"

  8. embrace, hug, bosom, squeezeverb

    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

    "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"; "He hugged her close to him"


  1. bosomnoun

    The breast or chest of a human (or sometimes of another animal).

  2. bosomnoun

    The seat of one's inner thoughts, feelings etc.; one's secret feelings; desire.

  3. bosomnoun

    The protected interior or inner part of something; the area enclosed as by an embrace.

  4. bosomnoun

    The part of a dress etc. covering the chest; a neckline.

  5. bosomnoun

    A woman's breasts.

  6. bosomadjective

    In a very close relationship.

    bosom buddies

  7. Etymology: bosm. Cognate with Dutch boezem, German Busen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bosom

    in composition, implies intimacy; confidence; a fondness.

    No more that thane Cawder shall deceive
    Our bosom-int’rest; go, pronounce his death. Macbeth.

    This Antonio,
    Being the bosom-lover of my lord,
    Must needs be like my lord. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Those domestick traitors, bosom-thieves,
    Whom custom hath call’d wives; the readiest helps
    To betray the heady husbands, rob the easy. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    He sent for his bosom-friends, with whom he most confidently consulted, and shewed the paper to them; the contents whereof he could not conceive. Edward Hyde.

    The fourth privilege of friendship is that which is here specified in the text, a communication of secrets. A bosom-secret, and a bosom-friend, are usually put together. South.

    She who was a bosom-friend, of her royal mistress, he calls an insolent woman, the worst of her sex. Joseph Addison, Whig Exam.

  2. BOSOMnoun

    Etymology: bosme, bosom, Saxon.

    Our good old friend,
    Lay comforts to your bosom; and bestow
    Your needful counsel to our businesses. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Unto laws thus made and received by a whole church, they which live within the bosom of that church, must not think it a matter indifferent, either to yield, or not to yield, obedience. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    Put now thy hand into thy bosom; and he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold his hand was leprous as snow. Exodus, iv. 6.

    Whose age has charms in it, whose title more,
    To pluck the common bosoms on his side. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    To whom the great Creator thus reply’d:
    O Son, in whom my soul hath chief delight;
    Son of my bosom, Son who art alone
    My word, my wisdom, and effectual might. Par. Lost, b. iii.

    If you can pace your wisdom
    In that good path that I could with it go,
    You shall have your bosom on this wretch. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

  3. To Bosomverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Bosom up my counsel;
    You’ll find it wholesome. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I do not think my sister so to seek,
    Or so unprincipl’d in virtue’s book,
    And the sweet peace that bosoms goodness ever. John Milton.

    The groves, the fountains, and the flow’rs,
    That open now their choicest bosom’d smells,
    Reserv’d for night, and kept for thee in store. Par. Lost, b. v.

    Towers and battlements it sees,
    Bosom’d high in tufted trees,
    Where perhaps some beauty lies,
    The cynosure of neighbouring eyes. John Milton.

    To happy convents, bosom’d deep in vines,
    Where slumber abbots, purple as their wines. Alexander Pope.


  1. bosom

    The breast is one of two prominences located on the upper ventral region of a primate's torso. Both females and males develop breasts from the same embryological tissues. In females, it serves as the mammary gland, which produces and secretes milk to feed infants. Subcutaneous fat covers and envelops a network of ducts that converge on the nipple, and these tissues give the breast its size and shape. At the ends of the ducts are lobules, or clusters of alveoli, where milk is produced and stored in response to hormonal signals. During pregnancy, the breast responds to a complex interaction of hormones, including estrogens, progesterone, and prolactin, that mediate the completion of its development, namely lobuloalveolar maturation, in preparation of lactation and breastfeeding. Humans are the only animals with permanent breasts. At puberty, estrogens, in conjunction with growth hormone, cause permanent breast growth in female humans. This happens only to a much lesser extent in other primates—breast development in other primates generally only occurs with pregnancy. Along with their major function in providing nutrition for infants, female breasts have social and sexual characteristics. Breasts have been featured in ancient and modern sculpture, art, and photography. They can figure prominently in the perception of a woman's body and sexual attractiveness. A number of cultures associate breasts with sexuality and tend to regard bare breasts in public as immodest or indecent. Breasts, especially the nipples, are an erogenous zone.


  1. bosom

    A bosom generally refers to a woman's chest area, often associated with warmth, intimacy or endearment. However, it can also be used metaphorically to describe the close, intimate feelings or the center or heart of something. In a broader sense, it can represent a person's arms when they embrace someone. It is an old-fashioned term often found in literature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bosomnoun

    the breast of a human being; the part, between the arms, to which anything is pressed when embraced by them

  2. Bosomnoun

    the breast, considered as the seat of the passions, affections, and operations of the mind; consciousness; secret thoughts

  3. Bosomnoun

    embrace; loving or affectionate inclosure; fold

  4. Bosomnoun

    any thing or place resembling the breast; a supporting surface; an inner recess; the interior; as, the bosom of the earth

  5. Bosomnoun

    the part of the dress worn upon the breast; an article, or a portion of an article, of dress to be worn upon the breast; as, the bosom of a shirt; a linen bosom

  6. Bosomnoun

    inclination; desire

  7. Bosomnoun

    a depression round the eye of a millstone

  8. Bosomadjective

    of or pertaining to the bosom

  9. Bosomadjective

    intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished; beloved; as, a bosom friend

  10. Bosomverb

    to inclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish

  11. Bosomverb

    to conceal; to hide from view; to embosom

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bosom

    bōōz′um, n. the breast of a human being, or the part of the dress which covers it: (fig.) the seat of the passions and feelings: the heart: embrace, enclosure, as within the arms: any close or secret receptacle.—adj. (in composition) confidential: intimate.—v.t. to enclose in the bosom.—Abraham's bosom, the abode of the blessed dead.—To take to one's bosom, to marry: to make an intimate friend of. [A.S. bósm; Ger. busen.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bosom

    love, care, closeness and protection.

    The dog was thus rescued and went to the bosom of his family, forever.

    Submitted by anonymous on April 27, 2019  

Anagrams for bosom »

  1. booms

  2. moobs

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bosom in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bosom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bosom in a Sentence

  1. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.

  2. Omar Khayyam:

    To friends and eke to foes true kindness show; No kindly heart unkindly deeds will do; Harshness will alienate a bosom friend. And kindness reconcile a deadly foe.

  3. Helen Mirren:

    Helen Mirren's Magical Bosom.

  4. Metastasio:

    We are like vessels tossed on the bosom of the deep; our passions are the winds that sweep us impetuously forward; each pleasure is a rock; the whole life is a wide ocean. Reason is the pilot to guide us, but often allows itself to be led astray by the storms of pride.

  5. George Sand:

    It is sad, no doubt, to exhaust one's strength and one's days in cleaving the bosom of this jealous earth, which compels us to wring from it the treasures of its fertility, when a bit of the blackest and coarsest bread is, at the end of the day's work, the sole recompense and the sole profit attaching to so arduous a toil.

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