\ ˈbau̇ How to pronounce bough (audio) \

Definition of bough

: a branch of a tree especially : a main branch

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boughed \ ˈbau̇d How to pronounce bough (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of bough in a Sentence

a tree bough fell on my car during the windstorm
Recent Examples on the Web Given nationwide demand, mass retailers like Walmart, Lowe’s and the Home Depot have jumped on the bough bandwagon this year with their own tree delivery operations. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2020 This shelter is a great addition to a tarp hammock or strung up over a springy bough bed. Popular Science, 28 May 2020 As a morning sun filters through the live oak boughs overhanging the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, two lines quickly build to snap up Adam Mentzer’s bouquets of carrots and asparagus. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Apr. 2020 Every year, the boughs bend with memories of you, the faithful audience. al, 1 Mar. 2020 Then toss on a massive pile of live evergreen boughs and needles. Tim Macwelch, Popular Science, 26 Dec. 2019 Large scale floral installations in vivid shades of orange and red had been hung from the ceilings and lush green pine boughs accented with the blooms of crimson roses had been draped across the banisters. Vogue, 21 Dec. 2019 The classics are great, but not everyone’s holiday is decked with boughs of holly. Dylan Owens, The Know, 3 Apr. 2017 And, for the first time ever, the wind scooped out the contents of my holiday urns, sending hydrangea blooms and juniper boughs flying. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, 11 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of bough

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bough

Middle English, shoulder, bough, from Old English bōg; akin to Old High German buog shoulder, Greek pēchys forearm

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English Language Learners Definition of bough

: a main branch of a tree


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Kids Definition of bough

: a usually large or main branch of a tree

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