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

n either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman

boob, breast, knocker, tit, titty
Type of:
mamma, mammary gland
milk-secreting organ of female mammals

n a person's breast or chest

Type of:
breast, chest
the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen

n cloth that covers the chest or breasts

Type of:
cloth covering
a covering made of cloth

n the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept

“his bosom was bursting with the secret”
Type of:
concealment, privacy, privateness, secrecy
the condition of being concealed or hidden

n the locus of feelings and intuitions

“her story would melt your bosom
Type of:
hunch, intuition, suspicion
an impression that something might be the case

n a close affectionate and protective acceptance

“in the bosom of the family”
Type of:
acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal
the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

v hide in one's bosom

“She bosomed his letters”
Type of:
conceal, hide
prevent from being seen or discovered

v squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

embrace, hug, squeeze
embrace amorously
hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
interlock, lock
become engaged or intermeshed with one another
Type of:
hold firmly and tightly

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