- inflammation of the synovial bursa of the great toe, usually resulting in enlargement of the joint and lateral displacement of the toe.
Origin of bunion
Related Words for bunionblister, abscess, bump, bruise, tumor, sore, welt, inflammation, injury, contusion, nodule, knob, wale, dilation, ridge, hump, increase, pock, wart, protuberance
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Owing, I fancy, to a bunion, she was so leisurely a walker that it was I who must set my pace to hers.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
Here you are, gents, the most wonderful corn and bunion salve in the market!Young Auctioneers
And, stepping forward in the boat, he kicked Michael on a bunion.The Plow-Woman
I flatter myself we could fit the biggest beetle-crusher ever bunion'd into the shape of a giant potato or a Californian nugget.
Bunion, bun′yun, n. a lump or inflamed swelling on the ball of the great toe.
- swelling of the first joint of the big toe, which is displaced to one side. An inflamed bursa forms over the joint
Word Origin for bunion
Word Origin and History for bunion
1718, apparently from East Anglian dialectic bunny "lump, swelling" (16c.), which is probably from Middle French buigne "bump on the head, swelling from a blow" (see bun).
- A localized swelling at either the medial or dorsal aspect of the first joint of the big toe, caused by an inflamed bursa.