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1. Remarkable; impressive: "a bodacious amount of smoke" (Springfield MA Morning Union).
2. Sexually attractive. Used chiefly of women.
3. Audacious; gutsy: "Both major studios and small, scruffy independents ... started turning out cheaply made, bodacious, and hyperreal action pictures" (Martha Southgate).

[Probably from dialectal boldacious, blend of bold and audacious.]

bo·da′cious·ly adv.
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slang in a bodacious manner
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