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Definition bud

Etymology 1

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”).

  1. A newly sprouted leaf or blossom that has not yet unfolded.
  2. (figuratively) Something that has begun to develop.
  3. A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism.
  4. (usually uncountable, slang) Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the bud), or marijuana generally.
  5. A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.
  6. (dated, term of endearment) A pretty young girl.

bud (third-person singular simple present buds, present participle budding, simple past and past participle budded)

  1. (intransitive) To form buds.
  2. (intransitive) To reproduce by splitting off buds.
  3. (intransitive) To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
  4. (intransitive) To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise.
  5. (transitive) To put forth as a bud.
  6. (transitive) To graft by inserting a bud under the bark of another tree.

Etymology 2

Back-formation from buddy.


bud (plural buds)

  1. (informal) Buddy, friend.
  2. (informal) used to address a male

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