- a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf bud), the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud), or both (mixed bud).
- an undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant.
verb (used without object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
verb (used with object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
- bud fission,
- bud mutation,
- bud scale,
- bud sport,
- bud stick
Origin of bud1
Origin of bud2
Examples from the Web for bud
Can you imagine Bud Powell or Charlie Parker writing a jingle?
He owns a smallish vaporizer that still looks like it came from the future, and buys wax instead of bud.
Yeah,” he says finally, squelching his giggles by downing half a bottle of Bud, “that sounds like Ray.
It is your best shot at nipping any future wedding invites (and accompanying airfare to Missouri) in the bud.
For smokers to feel good safely, sellers have to become Al Bundys of Bud, salesmen of the saddest sort.
Thure and Bud were too familiar with this type of wilderness manhood to be worried in the least over their rough looks and dress.The Cave of Gold|Everett McNeil
Bud Hyslop and a stranger were talking together a little apart from Dan.Gypsies of the Air|Bess Moyer
"It would help her a lot if she knew we were so close to her," said Bud.Ted Strong's Motor Car|Edward C. Taylor
Mike stared at Bud like a fascinated rabbit, making no move to protect himself.King Coal|Upton Sinclair
Bud would never leave the old horse to that amateur's tender mercies, but he didn't intend to make it easy for the amateur.A Voice in the Wilderness|Grace Livingston Hill
- a partially opened flower
- (in combination)rosebud
verb buds, budding or budded
Word Origin for bud
late 14c., budde, origin unknown, perhaps from Old French boter "push forward, thrust," itself a Germanic word (cf. Dutch bot "bud," Old Saxon budil "bag, purse," German Beutel), or perhaps from Old English budd "beetle."
c.1400; see bud (n.). Related: Budded; budding.
see nip in the bud.