- to grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor.
- to begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often followed by out, forth).
- to put forth, as buds.
- a bud; sprout.
Origin of burgeon
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Examples from the Web for burgeoned
He burgeoned, expanded, flung back his head in the old, imperial way.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Even in the desert the monstrous accountability system of the army lived and burgeoned.Overland
John William De Forest
"Hole still a minute—we got time yit to spare," counselled Jeff; on top of his first inspiration a second one had burgeoned forth.Those Times And These
Irvin S. Cobb
The sky was cloudless, the tall trees had burgeoned, a few green shoots were already brightening their myriad of brown twigs.A Daughter of Eve
Honore de Balzac
He knew that she liked his company, and whatever was well in him burgeoned at the knowledge.The Lady of Loyalty House
Justin Huntly McCarthy
- (often foll by forth or out) (of a plant) to sprout (buds)
- (intr ; often foll by forth or out) to develop or grow rapidly; flourish
- a bud of a plant
Word Origin and History for burgeoned
early 14c., "grow, sprout, blossom," from Anglo-French burjuner, Old French borjoner "to bud, sprout," from borjon "a bud, shoot, pimple" (Modern French bourgeon), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *burrionem (nominative *burrio), from Late Latin burra "flock of wool," itself of uncertain origin. Some sources (Kitchin, Gamillscheg) say either the French word or the Vulgar Latin one is from Germanic. The English verb is perhaps instead a native development from burjoin (n.) "a bud" (c.1300), from Old French. Related: Burgeoned; burgeoning.