From Middle English budde (“bud, seed pod”), from Proto-Germanic *buddǭ (compare Dutch bot (“bud”), German Hagebutte ‘hip, rosehip', Butzen (“seed pod”), Swedish dialect bodd (“head”)), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu- (“to swell”).
- A newly sprouted leaf or blossom that has not yet unfolded.
- (figuratively) Something that has begun to develop.
- A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism.
- (usually uncountable, slang) Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the bud), or marijuana generally.
- A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.
- (dated, term of endearment) A pretty young girl.
bud (third-person singular simple present buds, present participle budding, simple past and past participle budded)
- (intransitive) To form buds.
- (intransitive) To reproduce by splitting off buds.
- (intransitive) To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
- (intransitive) To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise.
- (transitive) To put forth as a bud.
- (transitive) To graft by inserting a bud under the bark of another tree.
Back-formation from buddy.
bud (plural buds)
- (informal) Buddy, friend.
- (informal) used to address a male