- 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 definition by Webster's New World
bode definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb bod·ed, bod·ing, bodes verb, transitive
- To be an omen of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft.
- Archaic To predict; foretell.
Origin: Middle English boden, from Old English bodian, to announce; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots.
bode - Phrases/Idioms
bode ill (or well)
Variant of bide
- to stay; continue
- to dwell; reside
- to wait
Origin: Middle 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