From Middle English buxum, buhsum (“flexible, bendsome”). Often analysed, due to confusion with the verb buck (“to spring, buckle, kick violently”) and buck (“he-goat”), as though from buck + -some. Doublet of buxom.
- Alternative form of
- Marked by bucking or bucking up; (by extension) lively; brisk; jocund.
- Shee now begins to grow bucksome as a lightning before death. — Shakespeare.
- Spirited or lively, like a buck.
- 2010, Ruth Alberta Brown, Heart of Gold:
- "Bucksome," repeated Peace, with the picture of a bucking billy goat uppermost in her mind, and wondering how a maiden could be bucksome.