- 1[countable] the whole physical structure of a human or an animal a human/female/male/naked body parts of the body His whole body was trembling. body fat/weight/temperature/size/heat The heart pumps blood around the body.
- 2[countable] the main part of a body not including the head, or not including the head, arms, and legs She had injuries to her head and body. He has a large body, but thin legs.
- 3[countable] the body of a dead person or animal a dead body The family of the missing girl has been called in by the police to identify the body. main part
- 4[singular] the body of something the main part of something, especially a building, a vehicle, or a book, an article, etc. the body of a plane (= the central part where the seats are) the main body of the text group of people
- 5 [uncountable] a group of people who work or act together, often for an official purpose, or who are connected in some other way a regulatory/an advisory/a review body The governing body of the school is concerned about discipline. recognized professional bodies such as the Bar Association An independent body has been set up to investigate the affair. A large body of people will be affected by the tax cuts. The protesters marched in a body (= all together) to the White House. see also student body large amount
- 6 [countable] body of something a large amount or collection of something a vast body of evidence/information/research large bodies of water (= lakes or oceans) There is a powerful body of opinion against the ruling. object
- 7[countable] (formal) an object heavenly bodies (= stars, planets, etc.) an operation to remove a foreign body (= something that would not usually be there) from a wound of drinks/hair
- 8[uncountable] the full strong flavor of alcoholic drinks or the thick healthy quality of someone's hair a wine with plenty of body Regular use of conditioner is supposed to give your hair more body. -bodied
- 9(in adjectives) having the type of body mentioned full-bodied red wines soft-bodied insects see also able-bodied Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky buildIdioms
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with all your energy She committed herself body and soul to fighting for the cause.
body and souljump to other results
to stay alive with just enough of the food, clothing, etc. that you need synonym survive They barely have enough money to keep body and soul together.
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to have none of the quality mentioned She was honest and hard-working, and didn't have an unkind bone in her body.
not have a … bone in your bodyjump to other results
used to show you are strongly opposed to something She moves into our home over my dead body.
over my dead body (informal)jump to other results
to have sex with someone in exchange for money
sell your bodyjump to other results
|action||part of body||you are…|
|lick||lips||anticipating something good, nervous|
|rub||chin||trying to think|
|snap||fingers||you suddenly remember something|
|wrinkle||nose||feeling dislike or distaste|