- 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
Related Words for buddingincipient, promising, growing, fledgling, burgeoning, nascent, maturing, opening, young, potential, beginning, germinal, embryonic, fresh, pubescent
Examples from the Web for budding
Contemporary Examples of budding
Anova Precision Cooker is the perfect little sous-vide gadget for the budding gastronomist.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life
November 29, 2014
The best that can be said for these budding radicals is that at least they sincerely hate the thing they so viciously attack.An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
His maquettes, or models, illustrate this, too, in their budding materiality.Frank Gehry Is Architecture’s Mad Genius
October 27, 2014
The children teased my parents about their budding romance and my parents, in turn, fell in love with their tiny wards.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
She got involved in interning as a way to jumpstart her budding modeling career.Does Fashion Week Exploit Teen Models?
September 14, 2014
Historical Examples of budding
With her gentle virgin face she was like a candid, budding lily.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
My budding Daphne wanted scope To bourgeon all her flowers of hope.
The thrush sang his two syllables on the budding guelder-rose.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Tilney is looking beautiful, and the trees are budding as if it were spring.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
The very leaves of the budding trees of spring were outlined in gold.A Book of Myths
- 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.