Definition of bough
: a branch of a tree; especially : a main branch
boughedplay \ˈbau̇d\ adjective
Examples of bough in a Sentence
a tree bough fell on my car during the windstorm
Recent Examples of bough from the Web
Non-surfers could find shade or solitude under the trees’ boughs.
Boughs of cedar, white currant and flowering plum hung in bouquets from its corners, and its lip was decorated with prayer flags.
Across its sill, an altar had been fashioned with cedar boughs, smooth stones, eagle feathers, a small red candle and a tiny bell.
Boughs from the top of that branch landed precariously on top of a neighbor’s younger tree.
The classics are great, but not everyone’s holiday is decked with boughs of holly.
Heji Shin’s photograph of a still bloody newborn, Hanna Liden’s absurdist picture of pine boughs, and the odd, winning sculptures of both Allison Branham and Martine Syms suggest that love may simply transcend comprehension.
As families gathered for graveside services Tuesday amid a steady breeze that shook the boughs of pine, oak and other trees that shade centuries of graves, many flat stones were not visible to passersby.
And, for the first time ever, the wind scooped out the contents of my holiday urns, sending hydrangea blooms and juniper boughs flying.
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Origin and Etymology of bough
Middle English, shoulder, bough, from Old English bōg; akin to Old High German buog shoulder, Greek pēchys forearm
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
BOUGH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bough for English Language Learners
: a main branch of a tree
BOUGH Defined for Kids
Definition of bough for Students
: a usually large or main branch of a tree
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