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bodily (comparative more bodily, superlative most bodily)

  1. Of, relating to, or concerning the body.
    His bodily deficiencies were a heavy burden to him.
  2. Having a body or material form; physical; corporeal.
    • Tatler
      You are a mere spirit, and have no knowledge of the bodily part of us.
  3. Real; actual; put into execution.
    • Shakespeare
      Be brought to bodily act.




bodily (not comparable)

  1. In bodily form; physically, corporally.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Colossians 2:9:
      For in him dwelleth all the fulneſſe of the Godhead bodily.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Voyage”, in Treasure IslandWikisource:
      In I got bodily into the apple barrel, and found there was scarce an apple left; but sitting down there in the dark, what with the sound of the waters and the rocking movement of the ship, I had either fallen asleep or was on the point of doing so when a heavy man sat down with rather a clash close by.
  2. Pertaining to the whole body or mass; wholly.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House:
      The papering of one side of the room had dropped down bodily, with fragments of plaster adhering to it, and almost blocked up the door.
  3. Forcefully, vigorously.
    He was thrown bodily out of the house.