verb (used with object), bod·ed, bod·ing.

  1. to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
  2. Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.

verb (used without object), bod·ed, bod·ing.

  1. to portend: The news bodes well for him.


  1. a simple past tense of bide.

verb (used with object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.

  1. Archaic. to endure; bear.
  2. Obsolete. to encounter.

verb (used without object), bid·ed or bode; bid·ed or (Archaic) bid; bid·ing.

  1. to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
  1. bide one’s time, to wait for a favorable opportunity: He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.


  1. to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
  2. (tr) archaic to predict; foretell


  1. the past tense of bide

verb bides, biding, bided, bode or bided

  1. (intr) archaic, or dialect to continue in a certain place or state; stay
  2. (intr) archaic, or dialect to live; dwell
  3. (tr) archaic, or dialect to tolerate; endure
  4. bide a wee Scot to stay a little
  5. bide by Scot to abide by
  6. bide one’s time to wait patiently for an opportunity

Old English bodian “proclaim, announce; foretell,” from boda “messenger,” probably from Proto-Germanic *budon- (cf. Old Saxon gibod, German gebot, Old Norse boð), from PIE *bheudh- “be aware, make aware” (see bid (v.)). As a shortened form of forebode (usually evil), it dates from 1740. Related: Boded; boding.


Old English bidan “to stay, continue, live, remain,” also “to trust, rely” (cognate with Old Norse biða, Old Saxon bidan, Old Frisian bidia, Middle Dutch biden, Old High German bitan, Gothic beidan “to wait”), apparently from PIE *bheidh-, an extended stem of one root of Old English biddan (see bid (v.)), the original sense of which was “to command,” and “to trust” (cf. Greek peithein “to persuade,” pistis “faith;” Latin fidere “to trust,” foedus “compact, treaty,” Old Church Slavonic beda “need”). Perhaps the sense evolved in prehistoric times through “endure,” and “endure a wait,” to “to wait.” Preserved in Scotland and northern England, replaced elsewhere by abide in all senses except to bide one’s time. Related: Bided; biding.

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