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BODSY, Bodsie, adj. Dapper. Abd. 1793 Byron in Moore's Byron (1830) I. i.; Abd.22 1935:
I was sent, at five years old or earlier, to a school kept by a Mr Bowers, who was called “Bodsy Bowers,” by reason of his dapperness.

Comb.: needle-noddle bodsie, “futile, insignificant person” (Sc. 1935 R. Angus in Sc. Notes and Q. (Feb.) 30).

[Perhaps from Bod, n.2, q.v., and hypocoristic suff. -sie (-sy) as in Betsy, Babsy, etc.]

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