- 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
Examples from the Web for bourgeoning
Now will I get me up unto mine own forests And behold their bourgeoning.Personae
But Walter had caught his arm and pulled it down with all the might in his bourgeoning muscles.The Incendiary
W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
But perhaps the best service the pasture did us was as a theatre for the dramatization of the bourgeoning social instinct.A Woman of Genius
A sense of renewal and bourgeoning was upon him, that feeling of waking from a dream and finding the beloved is, after all, alive.The Prisoner
When rains come the emerald hills laugh with delight as bourgeoning bloom is spread in the sunlight.Canyons of the Colorado
J. W. Powell
- a variant spelling of burgeon
- (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 bourgeoning
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.