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From Middle Dutch boesem, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *bōsmaz. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbu.zəm/
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  • Hyphenation: boe‧zem


boezem m (plural boezems, diminutive boezempje n)

  1. bosom
    1. human chest (regardless of gender)
    2. female breasts
    3. (figuratively) as the seat of emotion
  2. body of water without a fully controlled water level, used for collecting water pumped out of polders before it is discharged into a major river or sea.
  3. atrium, sinus (body cavity)

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