bun

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[buhn]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bumptious,
  2. bumptiously,
  3. bumpy,
  4. bumsters,
  5. bumsucking,
  6. bun foot,
  7. buna,
  8. bunch,
  9. bunch grass,
  10. bunch light

Origin of bun

1
1325–75; Middle English bunne, of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for buns

buns

pl n

informal, mainly US the buttocks

bun

noun

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 for bun

C14: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for buns

bun

n.

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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Medicine definitions for buns

BUN

abbr.

blood urea nitrogen

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