Origin of boughMiddle English from Old English bog, shoulder or arm, hence twig or branch from Indo-European an unverified form bh?gus, elbow and forearm from source bow
A childs hands hanging from the bough of a tree.
An example of bough is the branch of a cherry tree.
Origin of boughMiddle English from Old English bōh ; see bhāghu- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, from Old English bōg (“shoulder, bough”), from Proto-Germanic *bōguz (“upper arm, shoulder”) (compare German Bug (“shoulder, hock, joint”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰāǵʰus (“forearm, elbow”) (compare Ancient Greek πῆχυς (pēchys, “forearm”), Old Armenian բազուկ (bazuk, “arm, forearm, bough”), Persian بازو (bāzu, “upper arm”), Sanskrit बाहु (bahus, “arm”)).
- One form of plough still used consists of a crooked bough, with an iron share attached.
- The bigger the bough, the more fruit is likely to sprout from it.
- A bird sits on the next bough, life-everlasting grows under the table, and blackberry vines run round its legs; pine cones, chestnut burs, and strawberry leaves are strewn about.
- We chose the strongest-looking bough of the tree as the base for our treehouse.
- Candidates had further to be fugitives (probably slaves), and as a preliminary had to break off a bough from a specified tree.