- 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 burgeon
Her heart expanded, her soul seemed to burgeon and to bloom.Basil Everman
As I drained the glass now, new life seemed to burgeon within me.Right Ho, Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse
I looked down, cursing myself that I had dared to suspect she could burgeon only in the affluence of satins.The Portal of Dreams
Charles Neville Buck
Unless a writer feels free, things will not come to him, he cannot burgeon on any subject whatsoever.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest
J. Frank Dobie
Then the tree began to bud and burgeon with gifts, and the rare glories of colour crept in upon the snows of winter.The Art of Entertaining
M. E. W. Sherwood
- (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 burgeon
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.