- a marshy arm, inlet, or outlet of a lake, river, etc., usually sluggish or stagnant.
- any of various other often boggy and slow-moving or still bodies of water.
Origin of bayou
Examples from the Web for bayou
Contemporary Examples of bayou
But Hillstomp is the real deal, as legit as anything you will find nowadays down on the bayou.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
At a rally for longshot Senate candidate on the bayou, Sarah Palin got choked up on Thursday.Sarah Palin Moved to Tears in Louisiana
May 30, 2014
All the moves, that is, except managing his state properly—at least according to Bayou voters.Is Jindal the Least Popular Guv?
David Freedlander, Brandy Zadrozny
February 25, 2014
Instead, Bayou, Israel's hedge-fund group, continued to flounder and the deception only grew.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 2, 2012
July 2, 2012
The darling of the festival circuit just arrived in theaters—and the Bayou drama seems destined for Academy Award glory.Could Summer Indie ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Nab Oscar?
June 29, 2012
Historical Examples of bayou
He was asleep; had gone to sleep calling her "Maman" and babbling of wild-fowl on the bayou.The Long Roll
The house had floated out of a bayou, I found, which was the reason we did not see it sooner.Up the River
On the 13th they came to the banks of a wide creek or bayou, which they had no means of crossing.
The enemy was strongly posted in a wood at a bend in the Bayou.History of the 159th Regiment, N.Y.S.V.
“Now you will come with me,” said Bayou to Papalier, impatiently.The Hour and the Man
- (in the southern US) a sluggish marshy tributary of a lake or river
Word Origin for bayou
1766, via Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk "small stream."
- A sluggish, marshy stream connected with a river, lake, or gulf. Bayous are common in the southern United States.