- (of a woman) Having a full, voluptuous figure, especially possessing large breasts.
- (dated, of a woman) Healthy, lively.
- (archaic) Cheerful, lively, happy.
- (obsolete) Flexible, pliant.
From Middle English buxum, buhsum (“bendsome, flexible, pliant, obedient”). Cognate with the Dutch buigzaam (“flexible, pliant”).
DIED. Robert Brooks, 69, canny businessman who, as chairman of Hooters, turned the bar-restaurant chain, famed for buxom waitresses in orange hot pants, into an international success. – Time, “Milestones” (2003, July 23)