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[buhn-yuh n]
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noun Podiatry.
  1. inflammation of the synovial bursa of the great toe, usually resulting in enlargement of the joint and lateral displacement of the toe.
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Origin of bunion

1710–20; perhaps alteration of bunny (obsolete) lump, swelling, late Middle English bony, probably alteration of Old French buigne, buyne (French beigne) swelling, of Germanic orig.; cf. beignet
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Related Words for bunion

blister, abscess, bump, bruise, tumor, sore, welt, inflammation, injury, contusion, nodule, knob, wale, dilation, ridge, hump, increase, pock, wart, protuberance

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Historical Examples of bunion

  • 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

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • And, stepping forward in the boat, he kicked Michael on a bunion.

    The Plow-Woman

    Eleanor Gates

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for bunion


  1. swelling of the first joint of the big toe, which is displaced to one side. An inflamed bursa forms over the joint
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Word Origin for bunion

C18: perhaps from obsolete bunny a swelling, of uncertain origin
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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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bunion in Medicine


  1. A localized swelling at either the medial or dorsal aspect of the first joint of the big toe, caused by an inflamed bursa.
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