- 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.
Origin of bud1
Origin of bud2
Related Words for budshoot, embryo, blossom, germ, nucleus, floret, spark, bloom, burgeon, develop, grow, pullulate
Examples from the Web for bud
Contemporary Examples of bud
Can you imagine Bud Powell or Charlie Parker writing a jingle?Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
He owns a smallish vaporizer that still looks like it came from the future, and buys wax instead of bud.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
Yeah,” he says finally, squelching his giggles by downing half a bottle of Bud, “that sounds like Ray.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
Lebanese security agencies have been quick to try to nip what could well be a new bombing spate in the bud.ISIS May Open a Third Front in Lebanon
June 25, 2014
It is your best shot at nipping any future wedding invites (and accompanying airfare to Missouri) in the bud.The First-World Anarchist’s Guide to Weddings
Kelly Williams Brown
May 31, 2014
Historical Examples of bud
We never see Him bring the bud to the eve of blossoming just to wither it.The Conquest of Fear
But this year, at the first bud, her heart seemed to beat more quickly.The Dream
Cartwright, in his most impressive manner, stepped a foot closer to Bud's chair.
It was evident that Bud had no objection to this nor to anything else, for that matter.
But he added, softly: "Sleep on it, bud; I'll let ye change your mind in the mornin'."Southern Lights and Shadows
- 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.