1. a person, a ‘body’; often in comb. with adj. to denote a job, e.g. legal bod, a lawyer [the OED offers cits. for 1788, 1813 but suggests that while still meaning ‘a person’ they may in fact abbr. Scot. bodach, a peasant, a churl, rather than body].
|Bloomfield Times (PA) 5 Apr. 2/5: Well, you’d soon found [...] out [...] trying to steal any bod’s carpet-bag.|
|(con. WWI) Somme Mud 96: I’m not buying smokes for the Fritz army as well as for all you bods.|
|Jennings Goes To School 152: You’ll see all Dickens’ bods have got names that suit them, like Pecksniff.|
|Address: Kings Cross 106: The classic reason given by most girls in the racket, if they were asked by nosey bods. how they drifted into such a way of life, was that it was caused by a deceiving man and disappointment in love.|
|A Bottle of Sandwiches 134: Three able bods are better than two, if the going gets rough.|
|(con. WWII) Soldier Erect 42: Many of the bods wandered back to the barrack-room.|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 154: There’s still a hell of a lot of bods to be got off yet.|
|Up the Cross 38: It was, after all, they said almost to a bod, Pig Iron Bob’s first start.(con. 1959)|
|Dict. of the Teenage Revolution 20: Bod. A person of either sex.|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 257: ‘Now, not many bods are in on this piece of oil’.|
|Soft Detective 3: Got plenty of bods with nothing better to do this morning.|
|(con. 1990s) A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 378: Just pull off as though you’re a normal bod. [...] Don’t attract attention.|
|Viva La Madness 18: Sonny’s a gym bod but I doubt if he could run a hundred yards.|
|(con. 1943) Coorparoo Blues [ebook] There were a few bods still outside.|
|IOL News On Line (S.Afr.) 7 Mar. 🌐 Why won’t Sunny Leone show her hotbod! [...] with a bod like that, wonder what made the Leone babe go all coy.|
|Guardian 23 Sept. 11/4: It’s come to something when old Labour bods can’t organise a decent purge.|
2. a corpse.
|Many Happy Returns 33: The Red, the White and the Blue is unfurled and covers the dead bod, the corpse of a grocer given for England .|
|Glass Canoe (1982) 81: Up Castle Hill where I go, they dig fresh graves in the cemetery for tomorrow’s bods.|
3. the human body, esp. as an object for sexual intercourse, e.g. give out bod, make oneself available for sex.
|Prelude to a Certain Midnight Bk I Ch. i: She had regular features, an excellent figure — she called it a ‘good bod’.|
|Homosexual Society Appendix 3, 167: Bod, body. Example: Bonar bod — beautiful body.|
|Great Santini (1977) 423: Emma Lee Givens has put out the word that she’s hot for Sammy’s bod.|
|G’DAY 14: SHANE: Whenner mate comes ome she godder gear offhand jumped in the cot too. Shoulda seen the bod on it!|
|Muscle for the Wing 31: A girl with a grown-up bod and an undeniable naughty rep.|
|Foetal Attraction (1994) 14: In love? [...] He only wants you for your bod.|
|Soho 77: Good bod, too.|
|Londonstani (2007) 141: Usher may’ve had a fly bod as well as fly tunes.|
|Gutshot Straight [ebook] Lucky for Lucy she had a blow-your-mind bod.|
4. (US campus) a physically attractive person of the opposite sex.
|AS XXXVIII:3 172: Less common terms include: bod, body, cool bod, dish, hot bod, knockout, pack the gears, sex box, sex kitten, sex pot and stacked.‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in|
|AS L:1/2 55: bod ‘body, attractive figure’.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 1: bod – clipping of body. Used by either girl watchers or guy watchers.|
|Dreamcatcher 527: She’s got the bod of a Playboy Bunny.|
5. the chassis or body of a vehicle.
|Christine 358: The Fury’s bod, which had an advanced state case of cancer when the kid brought it in, now looks cherry.|
(orig. US) how are you (feeling)?
|girl: Hello? (pause). Who? (pause). Hi, Ferris. How’s your bod?Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [film script] He hands her the phone.|