Origin of bunionfrom dialect, dialectal (E Anglian) bunny from Middle English boni, swelling from Old French buigne: see bun
Origin of bunionProbably alteration of obsolete bunny swelling from Middle English bony perhaps from Old French bugne ; see bun 1.
From alteration of earlier bunny (“lump, swelling”), from Middle English bony, boni (“bunion, swelling”); or perhaps from Italian bugnone (“a knob, boil, blain”), an augmented form of Italian bugno (“beehive”); both Middle English and Italian words from Old French bugne, buigne, bune (“bump, knob, swelling”), from Old Norse bunga (“an elevation, bulge”) or from Old Frankish *bungjo (“a swelling, lump, bump”), both Old Norse and Old Frankish from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô (“lump, clump, heap, crowd”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ- (“thick, dense, fat”). Cognate with Dutch bonk (“lump, clump”), German Bunge (“swelling, tuber”).
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