- 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.
Alternate etymology derives Old French burjon (“bud”) from Vulgar Latin *burrionem, accusative of *burrio, from Late Latin burra (“wool, fluff”) (presumably from the down covering certain buds).