- a branch of a tree, especially one of the larger or main branches.
Origin of bough
Examples from the Web for bough
So he took a bough of fir, thick-set with little twigs, and tied the kill on that.The Trail Book
Nay, he would not be butchered like a bird on a bough, he would fall fighting.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Did you see those two birds fly away from that bough, sudden-like?The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The seventh of these hath a bough which shoots over the boundary wall.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
They bent down the bough and picked it, and then allowed it to fly up again.The Chinese Fairy Book
- any of the main branches of a tree
Word Origin and History for bough
Old English bog "shoulder, arm," extended in Old English to "twig, branch" (cf. limb (n.1)), from Proto-Germanic *bogaz (cf. Old Norse bogr "shoulder," Old High German buog, German Bug "shoulder, hock, joint"), from PIE *bhagus "elbow, forearm" (cf. Sanskrit bahus "arm," Armenian bazuk, Greek pakhys "forearm"). The "limb of a tree" sense is peculiar to English.