noun (1), often attributive
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Definition of stud

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a group of animals and especially horses kept primarily for breeding
b : a place (such as a farm) where a stud is kept
2 : studhorse broadly : a male animal kept for breeding
3a : a young man : guy especially : one who is virile and promiscuous
b : a tough person
at stud
: for breeding as a stud retired racehorses at stud


noun (2)

Definition of stud (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : 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


studded; studding

Definition of stud (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of stud (Entry 4 of 4)

Examples of stud in a Sentence

Verb Beads stud the surface of the gown.

First Known Use of stud

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


circa 1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stud

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

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“Stud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of stud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the smaller vertical supports in the walls of a building to which the wall materials are fastened
2 : a removable device like a button used for fastening or as an ornament shirt studs
3 : one of the metal cleats used on a snow tire to provide a better grip
4 : a small piece of jewelry that is attached through a hole in part of a person's body


studded; studding

Kids Definition of stud (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or be covered with many small items She wore … black cowboy boots which were studded with turquoise stones.— Louis Sachar, Holes


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