- The definition of burgeon means to grow or blossom.
An example of burgeon is a cherry tree flowering in springtime.
A burgeoning plant.
- to put forth buds, shoots, etc.; sprout
- to grow or develop rapidly; expand; proliferate; flourish: the burgeoning suburbs
Origin of burgeonMiddle English burjounen ; from Old French burjoner ; from burjon, a bud ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form burrio, a bud ; from Late Latin burra, wool, shaggy garment
intransitive verbbur·geoned, bur·geon·ing, bur·geons also bour·geoned or bour·geon·ing or bour·geons
- a. To put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout.b. To begin to grow or blossom.
- To grow or develop rapidly; expand or proliferate.
Origin of burgeonMiddle English burgeonen, from Old French borjoner, from burjon, a bud, from Vulgar Latin *burriō, burriōn-, from Late Latin burra, a shaggy garment.
(third-person singular simple present burgeons, present participle burgeoning, simple past and past participle burgeoned)
From Middle English burjon, burioun (“shoot, bud”), from Anglo-Norman burjun, burgeon, burgon (compare Old French burjon "a bud"), from Old Frankish *burjo (“sprout, offshoot, descendant”), from Proto-Germanic *burjô (“sprout, descendant, offshoot”), from Proto-Germanic *beraną (“to carry, bear”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to bear”). Akin to Old High German burjan (“to push up, raise”), Old English byrian (“to come up, occur”), Old English byre (“child, son, descendant”). More at bear.