- To bode is to be a prediction of some particular outcome.
Getting into a huge argument with your spouse the night before your marriage is an example of something that doesn't bode well for your future.
bode ill (or well)
verbbod·ed, bod·ing, bodes
- To be an omen of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft.
- Archaic To predict; foretell.
Origin of bodeMiddle English boden, from Old English bodian, to announce; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bodes, present participle boding, simple past and past participle boded)
- To indicate by signs, as future events; to be the omen of; to portend; to presage; to foreshow.
- (intransitive) To foreshow something; to augur.
- An omen; a foreshadowing.
- A messenger; a herald.
- A stop; a halting; delay.
From Middle English boden, from Old English bodian (“announce, foretell”), from Proto-Germanic *budōną (“to proclaim, announce, lere, instruct”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, perceive fully”). Related to Old English boda (“messenger, forerunner”), Dutch bode (“messenger, harbinger”), German Bote (“messenger”), from Proto-Germanic *budô (“messenger”). See bid. Compare also Old Saxon gibod, German Gebot, Old Norse boð).
- Since 1740 also a shortening of forebode
- Simple past tense of bide.
- inflected form of bide
Variant of bide
intransitive verbbode or bided, bided, biding
- to stay; continue
- to dwell; reside
- to wait
Origin of bideMiddle English biden ; from Old English bidan, to stay, wait ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheidh- (see bid), probably in sense “compel oneself,” hence, delay
bide one's time