- any of a wide variety of variously shaped bread rolls, usually leavened and slightly sweetened or plain, sometimes containing spices, dried currants, etc.
- hair gathered into a round coil or knot at the nape of the neck or on top of the head in certain coiffures.
- buns, Slang. the buttocks.
Origin of bun1
Examples from the Web for buns
Nowhere else are beef and cheese combined on buns in so many fantastic ways.The Real Cheeseburger Paradise
Jane & Michael Stern
June 22, 2014
Hollywood gives the son of god chiseled cheekbones and buns of steel.Diogo Morgado Puts the Carnal in Incarnate, But Was Jesus Really A Babe?
March 4, 2014
The sandwich was a slice of grilled pineapple topped with cheese smushed between two buns.The 21 Worst Food Ideas Ever
September 7, 2013
There was always a lot of free food—great-looking sandwiches and coffee and buns.On the Peninsula
April 25, 2011
These buns are big, which means lots of room for a thick patty and lots of toppings.The Perfect Homemade Burger
August 24, 2010
And she had helped her mother to hand cake and buns at the infants' table.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
If too much sugar is put in at once, the buns will be heavy.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Nor could he sell cakes or buns except at a wedding or funeral.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
The visitors threw in buns, some of which floated on the surface.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
We never have anything but buns and milk after a Friday night lecture.Judy of York Hill
Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
- informal, mainly US the buttocks
- a small roll, similar to bread but usually containing sweetening, currants, spices, etc
- any of various types of small round sweet cakes
- a hairstyle in which long hair is gathered into a bun shape at the back of the head
- have a bun in the oven slang to be pregnant
Word Origin and History for buns
late 14c., origin obscure, perhaps from Old French buignete "a fritter," originally "boil, swelling," diminutive of buigne "swelling from a blow, bump on the head," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German bunge "clod, lump"), or from Gaulish *bunia (cf. Gaelic bonnach). Spanish buñelo "a fritter" apparently is from the same source. Of hair coiled at the back of the head, first attested 1894. To have a bun in the oven "be pregnant" is from 1951.
The first record of buns in the sense of "male buttocks" is from 1960s, perhaps from a perceived similarity; but bun also meant "tail of a hare" (1530s) in Scottish and northern England dialect and was transferred to human beings (and conveniently rhymed with nun in ribald ballads). This may be an entirely different word; OED points to Gaelic bun "stump, root."
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