verb (used with object), bod·ed, bod·ing.
- to be an omen of; portend: The news bodes evil days for him.
- Archaic. to announce beforehand; predict.
verb (used without object), bod·ed, bod·ing.
- to portend: The news bodes well for him.
- a simple past tense of bide.
- to be an omen of (good or ill, esp of ill); portend; presage
- (tr) archaic to predict; foretell
- the past tense of bide
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.