bosom

The bosom is the breast or chest area of the body. It is also poetically considered to be the place where our feelings reside.

Used as a verb or noun, bosom originates from the Old English word bosm, meaning "breast, womb, surface, or ship's hold." It is commonly used as a polite reference to a woman's breasts. Because our bosom (chest) contains our heart, it has also become known as the place where our feelings, intuitions, or secret thoughts are kept. Close friends are sometimes called "bosom buddies."

Definitions of bosom
  1. noun
    either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
    synonyms: boob, breast, knocker, tit, titty
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    type of:
    mamma, mammary gland
    milk-secreting organ of female mammals
  2. noun
    a person's breast or chest
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    type of:
    breast, chest
    the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen
  3. noun
    cloth that covers the chest or breasts
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    type of:
    cloth covering
    a covering made of cloth
  4. noun
    the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept
    “his bosom was bursting with the secret”
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    type of:
    concealment, privacy, privateness, secrecy
    the condition of being concealed or hidden
  5. noun
    the locus of feelings and intuitions
    “her story would melt your bosom
    synonyms: heart
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    hunch, intuition, suspicion
    an impression that something might be the case
  6. noun
    a close affectionate and protective acceptance
    “in the bosom of the family”
    synonyms: embrace
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    type of:
    acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal
    the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
  7. verb
    hide in one's bosom
    “She bosomed his letters”
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    type of:
    conceal, hide
    prevent from being seen or discovered
  8. verb
    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
    synonyms: embrace, hug, squeeze
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    clinch
    embrace amorously
    cuddle
    hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
    interlock, lock
    become engaged or intermeshed with one another
    type of:
    clasp
    hold firmly and tightly
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