- 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.
- An example of a bud is a tiny flower that has not yet opened or reached maturity.
- An example of a bud is a best friend.
- Bud means to put forth tiny swellings such as new branches, leaves or flowers.
An example of bud is for a tree to show its first signs of flowering in the spring.
An amaryllis bud.
- a small swelling or projection on a plant, from which a shoot, cluster of leaves, or flower develops
- a partly opened flower
- any undeveloped or immature person or thing
- an asexually produced swelling or growth on the body of a sponge, fungus, etc. that develops into a new individual
Origin of budMiddle English budde, bud, seedpod ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheu-: see big
intransitive verbbudded, budding
- to put forth buds
- to begin to develop
- to be young, promising, etc.
Origin of bud< budthe
- to put forth as a bud or buds
- to cause to bud
- to insert (a bud of a plant) into the bark of another plant
in (the) bud
- in the time of budding
- in a budding condition
nip in the bud
- Botany a. A small protuberance on a stem or branch, sometimes enclosed in protective scales and containing an undeveloped leaf, flower, or leafy shoot.b. The stage or condition of having buds: branches in full bud.
- Biology a. An asexual reproductive structure, as in yeast or a hydra, that consists of an outgrowth capable of developing into a new individual.b. A small, rounded organic part, such as a taste bud, that resembles a plant bud.
- One that is not yet fully developed: the bud of a new idea.
- An earbud.
verbbud·ded, bud·ding, buds
- To put forth or produce buds: a plant that buds in early spring.
- To develop or grow from or as if from a bud: “listened sympathetically for a moment, a bemused smile budding forth” (Washington Post).
- To be in an undeveloped stage or condition.
- To reproduce asexually by forming a bud.
- To cause to put forth buds.
- To graft a bud onto (a plant).
Origin of budMiddle English budde.
Origin of budShort for buddy.
- A newly formed leaf or flower that has not yet unfolded.
- After a long, cold winter, the trees finally began to produce buds.
- (slang) Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the bud), or marijuana generally.
- Hey bro, want to smoke some bud?
- A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism.
- In this slide, you can see a yeast cell forming buds.
- A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.
(third-person singular simple present buds, present participle budding, simple past and past participle budded)
- To form buds.
- The trees are finally starting to bud.
- To reproduce by splitting off buds.
- Yeast reproduces by budding.
- To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
- To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise.
- a budding virgin
From Middle English budde 'bud, seedpod', from Proto-Germanic *buddōn (compare Dutch bot 'bud', German Hagebutte ‘hip, rosehip', Butzen 'seedpod', Swedish dialect bodd 'head'), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu- (“to swell”).
- (informal) Buddy, friend.
- I like to hang out with my buds on Saturday night.
- (informal) used to address a male
- A male nickname.
- I remember many visits from my uncle Bud.
- (rare, chiefly US) A male given name.
- (informal) A nickname for the beer Budweiser.
- I'd like a Bud, please.