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
Boughs of cedar, white currant and flowering plum hung in bouquets from its corners, and its lip was decorated with prayer flags.
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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 century
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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