stud

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noun (1)

plural studs
1
a
: a group of animals and especially horses kept primarily for breeding
b
: a place where a stud is kept
Haras du Pin, founded in 1730, is the biggest national stud in France …Wendy Insinger
often used before another noun
stud farms
2
: stud horse
Next day, the stud was led from his stall and turned into the breaking pen.Dave Jones
broadly : a male animal kept or used for breeding
often used before another noun
a stud dog
stud service
see also stud book
3
informal
a
: a very attractive and masculine man : hunk sense 2
He plays Torch, the shirtless soap-opera stud, with a restless, street-corner sexiness.Susan Littwin
She's All That, in which high school stud Freddie Prinze Jr. transforms dork Rachel Leigh Cook into a beauty queen.Entertainment Weekly
often, specifically : such a man who has a reputation of having multiple sexual partners
The world, anyway the part of it that cares, has heard of [Warren] Beatty's reputation as stud and of his affair with Christie. Stanley Kaufmann
b
: a young man : guy
c
: a tough person
4
sports, informal : a very talented usually young new player
… Portland was one of the more active teams in the offseason, acquiring potential All-Star Harvey Grant and rebounding stud Chris Dudley.Joe Menzer
… the team will look to start over at the position with a young stud. …Adam Cloutier
often used before another noun
The conventional spoon-feeding of the young stud pitcher calls for strict pitch counts and early exits.Tim Keown
5
often stud poker : poker in which each player is dealt a mix of usually five to seven facedown and faceup cards in multiple rounds with betting taking place after most rounds of dealing
Stud poker, where each player is dealt their first card face-down and the next four cards face-up, didn't come into existence for many years (until about 1864).Rebecca Ferguson
a stud poker player/game/hand
An M.B.A. from Harvard, he viewed seven-card stud as a test of money management …Sandra R. Gregg
When I was dealing I usually proposed five-card stud, a rudimentary game in which one's luck is quickly determined.Hayden Carruth

stud

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noun (2)

1
a
: one of the smaller uprights in the framing of the walls of a building to which sheathing, paneling, or laths are fastened : scantling
b
: height from floor to ceiling
2
a
: a boss, rivet, or nail with a large head used (as on a shield or belt) for ornament or protection
b
: a solid button with a shank or eye on the back inserted (as through an eyelet in a garment) as a fastener or ornament
c
: a small button-like ornament with a post for inserting through a body part (such as the earlobe or nostril) and into a clasp
3
a
: any of various infixed pieces (such as a rod or pin) projecting from a machine and serving chiefly as a support or axis
b
: one of the metal or rubber cleats projecting from a snow tire to increase traction

stud

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verb

studded; studding

transitive verb

1
: to furnish (a building, a wall, etc.) with studs
2
: to adorn, cover, or protect with studs
3
: to set, mark, or decorate conspicuously often at intervals
a sky studded with stars
a career studded with honors

stud

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abbreviation

Phrases
at stud or less commonly in stud
: in the function of a stud : for breeding as a stud
Three important stallions—Cor de la Bryere, Furioso II and Zeus—which now stand at stud in West Germany, are leaders in their perspective age groups in the production of sport horses …Joan Birdsall

Examples of stud in a Sentence

Verb Beads stud the surface of the gown.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Emmy winner kept her accessories simple and only wore diamond stud earrings and one singular diamond ring. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2024 Streaks of silver run through his otherwise black hair, and the diamond stud in his left ear appears real. Katie Bain, Billboard, 11 Apr. 2024 In the market for a simple silver ring or stud earrings? Jake Henry Smith, Glamour, 4 Apr. 2024 Satin black gloves and a pair of diamond stud earrings were the finishing touches to her look. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 Related Articles Grier has effectively torn the team down to the studs by trading Timo Meier, Erik Karlsson, and Tomas Hertl – mostly for future assets — all within about 54 weeks. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 To top it off, the black rubber strap sports the same pyramid studs as the bezel. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 On June 19, 1939, a mob attacked her home at 940 E. Annie St. On March 21, 2024, Opal Lee cut a wood stud and raised a wall for her new home on the same lot. Candi Bolden, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Mar. 2024 Dassler did not invent the boots with changeable studs, as many believe. Ciarán Fahey, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2024
Verb
This imagined America is studded with names borrowed from the real one: St. Louis might be a mere backwater, but T. S. Eliot is still among its locals. The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 When readers pick up a Mass book, there are familiar tentpoles studded throughout. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2024 Another take on identity in a fast-changing world, studded with knowing detail, produced by Turbokultur for ARD Degeto Film and Hessischer Rundfunk (HR). John Hopewell, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 The brand’s calling card is basics with a twist: silver rings with chain-like forms, chains that look like nothing else on the market, forms studded with semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli and turquoise. Jake Henry Smith, Glamour, 4 Apr. 2024 But that moniker could just as well describe her son’s strange, angular body of work, studded with sentences that feel both watchful and intimate. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 Three months ago, the grotto looked like a desert rock formation studded with pink Chiclets. Elisabeth Egan Chase Castor, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Over the years, Carr has become known for bold moves in artistic presentation, with groundbreaking shows and interactive exhibitions studded throughout the calendar year. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2024 Clay is Nutella gelato studded with bites of brownie. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English stod, from Old English stōd; akin to Old Church Slavonic stado flock and probably to Old High German stān to stand — more at stand

Noun (2)

Middle English stode, from Old English studu; akin to Middle High German stud prop, Old Norse stoth post

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stud was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stud. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

stud

1 of 3 noun
1
: a group of animals and especially horses kept primarily for breeding
2
: a male animal (as a stallion) kept for breeding

stud

2 of 3 noun
1
: one of the smaller upright supports in the framing of the walls of a building to which the wall materials are fastened
2
a
: a knob, pin, bolt, or nail with a large head used for ornament or protection
b
: a solid button used on a garment as a fastener or ornament
3
: one of the metal or rubber cleats used on a snow tire to provide a better grip

stud

3 of 3 verb
studded; studding
1
: to furnish (as a wall) with studs
2
: to decorate, cover, or protect with studs
3
: to set or be set thickly together
water studded with islands
Etymology

Noun

Old English stōd

Noun

Old English studu

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