bough

noun
\ ˈbau̇ How to pronounce bough (audio) \

Definition of bough

: a branch of a tree especially : a main branch

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Other Words from bough

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 This shelter is a great addition to a tarp hammock or strung up over a springy bough bed. Popular Science, "Fifteen survival shelters that can save your life," 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, "Locavores were resetting the American table. Then came a pandemic.," 2 Apr. 2020 Every year, the boughs bend with memories of you, the faithful audience. al, "Masked Observer celebrates a satisfying 2020 Carnival season," 1 Mar. 2020 Then toss on a massive pile of live evergreen boughs and needles. Tim Macwelch, Popular Science, "Eight ways an evergreen tree could save your life," 26 Dec. 2019 Then toss on a massive pile of live evergreen boughs and needles. Tim Macwelch, Popular Science, "Eight ways an evergreen tree could save your life," 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, "Hollywood’s Most Fashionable Decks the Halls With Polo Ralph Lauren and Vogue," 21 Dec. 2019 Dollops of snow balance on the tops scraggly oaks and boughs of pitch pine. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A snowy climb to the top of Great Hill Mountain in East Hampton after the season’s first snowfall," 6 Dec. 2019 Then toss on a massive pile of live evergreen boughs and needles. Tim Macwelch, Popular Science, "Eight ways an evergreen tree could save your life," 26 Dec. 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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“Bough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bough. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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bough

noun
How to pronounce bough (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bough

: a main branch of a tree

bough

noun
\ ˈbau̇ How to pronounce bough (audio) \

Kids Definition of bough

: a usually large or main branch of a tree

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