The definition of a bud is a small swelling that is underdeveloped or not yet fully developed, or is a slang word for a friend.(noun)
Bud means to put forth tiny swellings such as new branches, leaves or flowers.(verb)
An example of bud is for a tree to show its first signs of flowering in the spring.
See bud in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME budde, bud, seedpod < IE base *bheu-: see big
Origin: < budthe
See bud in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English budde.
Origin: Short for buddy.
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