in some parts of the S U.S., a sluggish, marshy inlet or outlet of a lake, river, etc.
Origin of bayouAmerican French ; from Choctaw bayuk, small stream
- A body of water, such as a creek or small river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.
- A sluggish stream that meanders through lowlands, marshes, or plantation grounds.
Origin of bayouLouisiana French bayouque, bayou, possibly from Choctaw bayuk.
- Used almost exclusively to refer to bodies of water in Louisiana and the adjoining areas, including southern Mississippi, eastern Texas, and Arkansas.
Cajun French bayou, from Choctaw bayuk (“creek”).