- a branch of a tree, especially one of the larger or main branches.
Origin of bough
Examples from the Web for boughs
Contemporary Examples of boughs
Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of boughs
We heard the swish of the boughs, heavy with new snow, and then silence.The Trail Book
I tried to shake off the feeling of desolation as I went to my bed of boughs.The Long Labrador Trail
Other boughs sagged under the weight of silvery cornucopias.
Just beneath at the first forking of the boughs a candle burned.
How steady it was as it moved among the boughs, extinguishing the lights.
- any of the main branches of a tree
Word Origin for bough
Old English bog "shoulder, arm," extended in Old English to "twig, branch" (cf. limb (n.1)), from Proto-Germanic *bogaz (cf. Old Norse bogr "shoulder," Old High German buog, German Bug "shoulder, hock, joint"), from PIE *bhagus "elbow, forearm" (cf. Sanskrit bahus "arm," Armenian bazuk, Greek pakhys "forearm"). The "limb of a tree" sense is peculiar to English.