Language: Old English
Origin: bodig


bod‧y S1 W1 plural bodies


[countable] the physical structure of a person or animal:
the human body
My fingers were numb and my whole body ached.
body weight/temperature/size
Your body temperature is higher in the daytime than at night.
For their body size, these birds lay very small eggs.
He needs to overcome a negative body image (=what you think about your own body).

dead person

[countable] the dead body of a person:
A dog found the body of a girl in the woods.


[countable] a group of people who work together to do a particular job or who are together for a particular purpose:
The British Medical Association is the doctors' professional body.
body of
There were reports of a large body of armed men near the border.
Kaplan served on the governing body of the museum (=the group who control the museum).
The student body (=all the students in a school or college) numbers 5000.
The research will be used by government departments and other public bodies (=groups whose work is connected to the government).
in a body (=as a group, together)
The women moved towards the building in a body.

body of something

a) a large amount or mass of something, especially something that has been collected
body of knowledge/evidence/opinion etc
There is now a considerable body of knowledge of the different stages of childhood.
There is a growing body of evidence that charges are too high.
b) the main, central, or most important part of something:
The arguments are explained in the body of the text.
Leave three blank lines between the date and the body of the letter.

body of water

a large area of water such as a lake:
The city was built near a large body of water.

middle part

[countable] the central part of a person or animal's body, not including the head, arms, legs or wings:
Nick had bruises on his face and body.
The bird has a small body and long wings.


[countable]TTC the main structure of a vehicle not including the engine, wheels etc:
Workers at the factory are making steel bodies for cars.


[countable] technical an object that is separate from other objects:
Keep the caps on the bottles to prevent foreign bodies entering them (=objects that should not be there).

➔ heavenly body

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[uncountable]DCB if your hair has body, it is thick and healthy:
This shampoo will give more body to your hair.


[uncountable] if food or an alcoholic drink has body, it has a strong flavour (=taste):
A small amount of tomato paste will give extra colour and body to the sauce.

full/medium/light bodied

CTDFD used to describe how much taste an alcoholic drink has, with a full bodied drink having the strongest taste:
a full bodied wine

long/thick etc bodied etc

having a long, thick etc body:
a slim bodied orange-gold fish

keep body and soul together

to continue to exist with only just enough food, money etc:
He's working at the shop to keep body and soul together

body and soul

a) completely:
She threw herself body and soul into her work.
b) the whole of a person:
They think they own the employees, body and soul.


[countable] the wide part of a musical instrument such as a violin or guitar, or of a sports racket (=bat):
The guitar is 16 inches wide across the body.


[countable] British English body suit American EnglishDCC a type of tight fitting shirt worn by women that fastens between their legs

➔ over my dead body

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