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.
transitive verbbod′ed, bod′ing
- Archaic to announce in advance; predict
- to be an omen of; presage
Origin of bodeMiddle English bodien from Old English bodian from boda, messenger, probably from Indo-European base of bid
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.
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