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BODEN, BODIN, BOUDEN, ppl.adj. Also with weak ppl. suff. added, boddoned. Provided. [′bodɪn, ′bɔdɪn Sc.; ′bodən Sh.; ′bɔdnd Ork.] Sc. c.1704  Sir K. Mackenzie in Earls of Cromartie (ed. Fraser 1876) II. 414:
I was never worse boden of money.
Sc. 1820  Scott Monastery xxxiii.:
The Baron of Avenel never rides with fewer than ten jack-men at his back, and oftener with fifty, bodin in all that effeirs to war.
Ork. 1929  Marw.;
22 :
Boden. Provided, equipped, fitted out.

Phrases: (1) weel or ill boden, -boddoned, -bouden, well or badly provided, equipped; (2) weil-bodin the ben, well boden there ben, idem. (1) Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.;
7 :
Is du weel boden a da penga [money]?
Ork.(D) 1904  Dennison Orcad. Sk. 2:
Folk wur no' sae weel boddoned o' claes i' that days.
Edb. 1772  R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 15:
He's no ill boden That gusts his gabb wi' oyster sauce, And hen weel soden.
Ayr. publ. 1892  H. Ainslie Pilgrimage, etc. and Poems 306:
Weel bouden in bonnet and rachan, Our caigie auld curler sets out.
(2) Sc. 1737  Ramsay Proverbs 26:
He's well boden there ben, That will neither borrow nor len.
Sc. 1808  Jam.:
A young woman is said to be weil-bodin the ben, to be well provided before marriage, when she has laid in a good stock of clothes, etc., which are generally kept in the inner apartment of the house.

[O.Sc. bodin, pa.p. and ppl.adj.; O.E. boden, pa.p. of bēodan, to announce. Orig. sense prob. summoned to service, hence armed, hence provided. O.N. boðinn, ready, prepared for service, pa.p.of bjōða, to prepare, may be the origin of the Insular word.]

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