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    owdacious=?

    I've been trying to find the meaning of it but credible dictionaries don't give the slightest idea of what it might mean. I bet it's way out of date.

    "What do you mean,Sir, by this owdacious conduct"?

    I pulled up a couple of examples used in literature but could not find any meaning.

    "'Because they' ave been goin 'on most owdacious before'and."
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    #2

    Re: owdacious=?

    It's a misspelling of "audacious", perhaps meant to render a mispronunciation.

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    #3

    Re: owdacious=?

    I am not a teacher.

    You have been reading a book with what is sometimes called "eye dialect", misspellings that are intended to render an accent in speech. "Durn" is "darn", for instance. The speaker seems to be a hick.

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    Re: owdacious=?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    It's a misspelling of "audacious", perhaps meant to render a mispronunciation.
    I've come across a number of sentnces with this kind of spelling. It couldn't been misspelled many times. Did you get it from a dictionary?

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    Re: owdacious=?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I've come across a number of sentnces with this kind of spelling. It couldn't been misspelled many times. Did you get it from a dictionary?
    As birdeen's call said it is a (probably intentional) misspelling of "audacious". There is no such word as "owdacious".

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    Re: owdacious=?

    But "durn" is a recognized word, although it is dialectal.

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    Re: owdacious=?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    But "durn" is a recognized word, although it is dialectal.
    I'll back you up there.

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    #8

    Re: owdacious=?

    There are some examples here:
    owdacious - example sentences from Wordnik
    It looks like a deliberate mis-spelling to reflect a pronunciation.

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    Re: owdacious=?

    Yes. The character is not well educated. He would normally use a more familiar word like bold/daring/cheeky/cocky [an abbreviation of 'cock-sure']/'sure of themselves'... or use an informal idiom such as 'they've got a nerve'. He learnt to spell out words, but not to read fluently. He has seen an unfamiliar word, and produced a mispronunciation.

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