\ 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 boughed (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 Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "A guide to Denver-area holiday markets, many of which serve booze while you shop," 29 Nov. 2019 Scotch pine gets knotty, so may have some curve to the stem, and the boughs of white pine aren’t quite as stiff as some of their counterparts. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "How to pick a Christmas tree, whether it’s real or artificial," 19 Nov. 2019 This season, deck the halls with boughs of holly—and bouts of laughter! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "60 Best Christmas Puns That Yule Be Laughing at All Season Long," 27 Aug. 2019 What to Watch: Forrest Gump Twenty-five years ago, Forrest Gump ran through Alabama’s end zone for a Crimson Tide touchdown, pioneered Bubba Gump Shrimp, and married his lifelong love beneath the boughs of Greenbow Alabama trees. Sarah Cook, al, "Birmingham magazine’s culture picks for August," 23 Aug. 2019 On a recent sweltering afternoon in late June, legendary Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders stood underneath the boughs of the mighty oaks that form a canopy of shade in front of Detroit Golf Club. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "20 years later, Barry Sanders 'not sure' he'd change his retirement," 22 July 2019 Tree boughs relax into the yawning landscape, shading a collection of curious marble sculptures. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Refreshments in Sunset Park to Follow.," 26 June 2019 Once upon a time, American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) spread their leafy boughs from Maine to Mississippi, accounting for a quarter of the trees in some forests. Julia Rosen,, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 Pine needles cover the trail and the wind whispers through the pine boughs and noisily scatters the oak leaves high above as rays of sunlight shine down. Peter Marteka,, "A view with three trees and so much more on top of Bull Hill in Thompson," 7 June 2019

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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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The first known use of bough was before the 12th century

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6 Dec 2019

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“Bough.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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