noun \ˈbəd\

: a small part that grows on a plant and develops into a flower, leaf, or new branch

Full Definition of BUD

:  a small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a plant that may develop into a flower, leaf, or shoot
:  something not yet mature or at full development: as
a :  an incompletely opened flower
b :  child, youth
c (1) :  an outgrowth of an organism that differentiates into a new individual :  gemma
(2) :  an outgrowth having the potential to differentiate and grow into a definitive organ or part :  primordium <an embryonic limb bud>
:  buddy
in the bud
:  in an early stage of development <nipped the rebellion in the bud>

Examples of BUD

  1. The bush has plenty of buds but no flowers yet.
  2. <that sitcom star is still a bud, so all he needs right now are looks and personality>

Origin of BUD

Middle English budde
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BUD



: to produce buds


Full Definition of BUD

intransitive verb
of a plant
a :  to set or put forth buds
b :  to commence growth from buds
:  to grow or develop from or as if from a bud
:  to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent
transitive verb
:  to produce or develop from buds
:  to cause (as a plant) to bud
:  to insert a bud from a plant of one kind into an opening in the bark of (a plant of another kind) usually in order to propagate a desired variety
bud·der noun

Examples of BUD

  1. The trees budded early this spring.

First Known Use of BUD

14th century


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May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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