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[buhd] /bʌd/
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • Mr budd, the shopman, was down at the far end near the glazed partition which separated Mr Rushton's office from the front shop.

  • Miss budd's entire outing that Sunday lasted only half an hour.

  • As the applause died down, budd announced speeches by members of the team.

    Betty Lee, Junior Harriet Pyne Grove
  • "If this keeps up, one of us is liable to get drunk," remarked budd.

    On the Lightship Herman Knickerbocker Viel
  • Lieutenant budd did not see him, as he was absent, but his lady did the honors.

  • Then we came in sight of the Doctor, stooping over budd's brother.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • It was now near morning, and for the balance of the day they remained concealed in Mr. budd's house.

  • "My watch is a chronometer, you will recollect, Mrs. budd," said the young man.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • Mr. budd did the same thing with Arthur Young twenty-seven years ago.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
British Dictionary definitions for budd


a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
  1. a partially opened flower
  2. (in combination): rosebud
any small budlike outgrowth: taste buds
something small or immature
an asexually produced outgrowth in simple organisms, such as yeasts, and the hydra that develops into a new individual
a slang word for marijuana
in bud, at the stage of producing buds
nip in the bud, to put an end to (an idea, movement, etc) in its initial stages
verb buds, budding, budded
(intransitive) (of plants and some animals) to produce buds
(intransitive) to begin to develop or grow
(transitive) (horticulture) to graft (a bud) from one plant onto another, usually by insertion under the bark
Word Origin
C14 budde, of Germanic origin; compare Icelandic budda purse, Dutch buidel


(informal, mainly US) short for buddy
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Word Origin and History for budd



late 14c., budde, origin unknown, perhaps from Old French boter "push forward, thrust," itself a Germanic word (cf. Dutch bot "bud," Old Saxon budil "bag, purse," German Beutel), or perhaps from Old English budd "beetle."


c.1400; see bud (n.). Related: Budded; budding.

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budd in Medicine

bud (bŭd)

  1. A small, rounded anatomical structure or organic part, such as a taste bud.

  2. An asexual reproductive structure, as in yeast or a hydra, that consists of an outgrowth capable of developing into a new individual.

v. bud·ded, bud·ding, buds
  1. To put forth or cause to put forth buds.

  2. To reproduce asexually by forming a bud.

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budd in Science
  1. A small swelling on a branch or stem, containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower. Some species have mixed buds containing two of these structures, or even all three. ◇ Terminal buds occur at the end of a stem, twig, or branch. ◇ Axillary buds, also known as lateral buds, occur in the axils of leaves (in the upper angle of where the leaf grows from the stem). ◇ Accessory buds often occur clustered around terminal buds or above and on either side of axillary buds. Accessory buds are usually smaller than terminal and axillary buds.

  2. A small rounded outgrowth on an asexually reproducing organism, such as a yeast or hydra, that is capable of developing into a new individual. See more at budding.

  3. A tiny part or structure, such as a taste bud, that is shaped like a plant bud.

Verb  To form or produce a bud or buds.
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Slang definitions & phrases for budd

bud 1


  1. Friend; fellow; guy •Used only in direct address, often with hostile intent: Okay, bud, that'll do (1850s+)
  2. A very close friend; buddy, pal: Just be glad I'm your bud/ She hid out with various buds and in runaway shelters (1930s+)

[fr buddy, a childish pronunciation of brother]

bud 2


Marijuana: There was no pain yet, just numbness, kind of like smoking bud

[1980s+ Teenagers; fr Budda, Buddha sticks, earlier terms for marijuana]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for budd


Budweiser [beer]


Ferihegy Airport (Budapest, Hungary)
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