bodily

The adjective bodily describes something that has to do with your physical self.

Bodily functions include things that happen both inside your body, like digestion and breathing, and outside your body, like walking. If your new kitten scratches your arms, you might say that Mr. Whiskers has caused you bodily harm. In religion, bodily is sometimes used in contrast to "spiritual." As an adverb, this word can be used to mean "in a way that involves someone's body." Your little brother might sleep so soundly that when he falls asleep in the car, you have to carry him bodily into the house.

Definitions of bodily
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or belonging to the body
    “a bodily organ”
    bodily functions”
  2. adjective
    having or relating to a physical material body
    bodily existence”
    Synonyms:
    corporeal, material
    having material or physical form or substance
  3. adjective
    affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
    bodily needs”
    synonyms: corporal, corporeal, somatic
    physical
    involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
  4. adverb
    in bodily form
    “he was translated bodily to heaven”
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