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[buhn] /bʌn/
any of a wide variety of variously shaped bread rolls, usually leavened and slightly sweetened or plain, sometimes containing spices, dried currants, etc.
hair gathered into a round coil or knot at the nape of the neck or on top of the head in certain coiffures.
buns, Slang. the buttocks.
Origin of bun1
1325-75; Middle English bunne, of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • At our third shout he ambled clumsily off, while Mr. Oliver, with a basket of buns in his hand, pursued him down the street.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • And then she came in and got buns and came out and gave them to you, did she?

    Sara Crewe Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "There was a rumour that Ravensfield lost the shield one year on buns," she remarked.

  • She was very hungry, and the buns were all the better for that.

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The samovar was brought in, and over hot tea and buns we speedily became acquainted.

British Dictionary definitions for buns


plural noun
(informal, mainly US) the buttocks


a small roll, similar to bread but usually containing sweetening, currants, spices, etc
any of various types of small round sweet cakes
a hairstyle in which long hair is gathered into a bun shape at the back of the head
(slang) have a bun in the oven, to be pregnant
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for buns



late 14c., origin obscure, perhaps from Old French buignete "a fritter," originally "boil, swelling," diminutive of buigne "swelling from a blow, bump on the head," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German bunge "clod, lump"), or from Gaulish *bunia (cf. Gaelic bonnach). Spanish buñelo "a fritter" apparently is from the same source. Of hair coiled at the back of the head, first attested 1894. To have a bun in the oven "be pregnant" is from 1951.

The first record of buns in the sense of "male buttocks" is from 1960s, perhaps from a perceived similarity; but bun also meant "tail of a hare" (1530s) in Scottish and northern England dialect and was transferred to human beings (and conveniently rhymed with nun in ribald ballads). This may be an entirely different word; OED points to Gaelic bun "stump, root."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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buns in Medicine

BUN abbr.
blood urea nitrogen

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for buns



The buttocks, esp male buttocks: I'll grab Ron's or Alan's buns sometimes and they're firm and hard

[1960s+; Bun, ''buttocks,'' is found in the 1500s, based on an early sense, ''the tail of a hare''; this later use is probably not related, being rather based on the full, round shape of an eating bun; note that biscuit and crumpet exemplify this baked-goods analogy in other milieux]



  1. A state of drunkenness; alcoholic exhilaration: A bun is a light jag (1900+)
  2. The buttocks; bum •Originally ''the tail of a hare, scut''; first seen applied to persons in Scottish poetry (1530s+)
  3. A single buttock; cheek: a boil on my left bun (1970s+)

Related Terms

cheese bun, crumb-bun, have a bun in the oven, have a bun on

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