Bona roba

Bo´na ro´ba


1.A showy wanton; a courtesan.
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Aubrey's kinswoman is a handsome bona roba, defined by his 2000 Penguin editors, John Buchanan-Smith and Michael Hunter, as 'a warm-blooded woman with a healthy enjoyment of sex.' OED cites examples from Shakespeare to Sir Walter Scott; Eric Partridge regards plain bona ('a very pretty girl') as parlaree, with no pre-1889 example.