- to grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor.
- to begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often followed by out, forth).
- to put forth, as buds.
- a bud; sprout.
Origin of burgeon
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Examples from the Web for bourgeon
My budding Daphne wanted scope To bourgeon all her flowers of hope.
These "lisping hawthorn-buds" of fashion only bourgeon in tainted soil.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
Bourgeon de Mars, enfant de Paris;Si un eschape, il en vaut dix.Adventures in Criticism
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They keep religion alive, and make it bourgeon and yield the new fruits for which the generations hunger.The Expositor's Bible:The Book of Numbers
Robert A. Watson
- a variant spelling of burgeon
- (often foll by forth or out) (of a plant) to sprout (buds)
- (intr ; often foll by forth or out) to develop or grow rapidly; flourish
- a bud of a plant
Word Origin and History for bourgeon
early 14c., "grow, sprout, blossom," from Anglo-French burjuner, Old French borjoner "to bud, sprout," from borjon "a bud, shoot, pimple" (Modern French bourgeon), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *burrionem (nominative *burrio), from Late Latin burra "flock of wool," itself of uncertain origin. Some sources (Kitchin, Gamillscheg) say either the French word or the Vulgar Latin one is from Germanic. The English verb is perhaps instead a native development from burjoin (n.) "a bud" (c.1300), from Old French. Related: Burgeoned; burgeoning.