- a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf bud), the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud), or both (mixed bud).
- an undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant.
verb (used without object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
verb (used with object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
Words nearby bud
Idioms for bud
Origin of bud1
OTHER WORDS FROM budbud·der, nounbud·less, adjectivebud·like, adjectivenon·bud·ding, adjective, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH budbudder butter
British Dictionary definitions for nip in the bud (1 of 2)
- a partially opened flower
- (in combination)rosebud
verb buds, budding or budded
Word Origin for bud
British Dictionary definitions for nip in the bud (2 of 2)
Medicine definitions for nip in the bud
Science definitions for nip in the bud
Idioms and Phrases with nip in the bud (1 of 2)
Halt something at an early stage, or thoroughly check something. For example, By arresting all the leaders, they nipped the rebellion in the bud. This metaphoric expression, alluding to a spring frost that kills flower buds, was first recorded in a Beaumont and Fletcher play of 1606–1607.
Idioms and Phrases with nip in the bud (2 of 2)
see nip in the bud.