[ stuhd ]
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  1. a boss, knob, nailhead, or other protuberance projecting from a surface or part, especially as an ornament.

  2. any of various buttonlike, usually ornamental objects, mounted on a shank that is passed through an article of clothing to fasten it: a collar stud.

  1. any of a number of slender, upright members of wood, steel, etc., forming the frame of a wall or partition and covered with plasterwork, siding, etc.

  2. any of various projecting pins, lugs, or the like, on machines or other implements.

  3. Automotive. any of a large number of small projecting lugs embedded in an automobile tire (studded tire ) to improve traction on snowy or icy roads.

  4. an earring consisting of a small, buttonlike ornament mounted on a metal post designed to pass through a pierced ear lobe.

  5. Horology. the piece to which the fixed end of a hairspring is attached.

verb (used with object),stud·ded, stud·ding.
  1. to set with or as if with studs, bosses, or the like: The leather-covered door was studded with brass nails.

  2. (of things) to be scattered over the expanse or surface of: Stars stud the sky.

  1. to set or scatter (objects) at intervals over an expanse or surface: to stud raisins over a cake.

  2. to furnish with or support by studs.

  1. ornamented with rivets, nailheads, or other buttonlike, usually metallic objects: a stud belt.

Origin of stud

First recorded before 900; Middle English stod(e), stud(e), “upright post; ornamental knob,” Old English stod, studu “stake, post”; cognate with Middle High German stud, Old Norse stoth “pillar, post, support”

Other words from stud

  • un·stud·ded, adjective

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Other definitions for stud (2 of 3)

[ stuhd ]

  1. a studhorse or stallion.

  2. an establishment, such as a farm, in which horses are kept for breeding.

  1. a number of horses, usually for racing or hunting, bred or kept by one owner.

  2. a male animal, such as a bull or ram, kept for breeding.

  3. a herd of animals kept for breeding.

  4. Slang.

    • a man who is notably virile and sexually active.

    • a handsome man with an attractive physique; a hunk.

    • a young man.

  5. Poker. stud poker.

  6. a Black woman or girl, especially a lesbian, who embraces identity markers, such as clothing, hairstyle, interests, or behaviors that are associated with traditional expressions of masculinity: Masculine women are my type so I've dated a lot of studs.: Compare butch (def. 1a).

  1. of, associated with, or pertaining to a studhorse or studhorses.

  2. retained for breeding purposes.

  1. noting or relating to a Black woman or girl, especially a lesbian, who embraces identity markers, such as clothing, hairstyle, interests, or behaviors, that are associated with traditional expressions of masculinity; butch: There's a lot of stud lesbians in the club tonight!

Origin of stud

First recorded before 1000, and in 1920–25 for def. 6; Middle English stod(e), stud(e), Old English stōd “a stud, herd of horses,” cognate with Old Norse stōth; akin to stand

Other definitions for stud. (3 of 3)


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How to use stud in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stud (1 of 2)


/ (stʌd) /

  1. a large-headed nail or other projection protruding from a surface, usually as decoration

  2. a type of fastener consisting of two discs at either end of a short shank, used to fasten shirtfronts, collars, etc

  1. building trades a vertical member made of timber, steel, etc, that is used with others to construct the framework of a wall

  2. a headless bolt that is threaded at both ends, the centre portion being unthreaded

  3. any short projection on a machine, such as the metal cylinder that forms a journal for the gears on a screw-cutting lathe

  4. the crossbar in the centre of a link of a heavy chain

  5. one of a number of rounded projections on the sole of a boot or shoe to give better grip, as on a football boot

verbstuds, studding or studded (tr)
  1. to provide, ornament, or make with studs

  2. to dot or cover (with): the park was studded with daisies

  1. building trades to provide or support (a wall, partition, etc) with studs

Origin of stud

Old English studu; related to Old Norse stoth post, Middle High German stud post

British Dictionary definitions for stud (2 of 2)


/ (stʌd) /

  1. a group of pedigree animals, esp horses, kept for breeding purposes

  2. any male animal kept principally for breeding purposes, esp a stallion

  1. a farm or stable where a stud is kept

  2. the state or condition of being kept for breeding purposes: at stud; put to stud

  3. (modifier) of or relating to such animals or the place where they are kept: a stud farm; a stud horse

  4. slang a virile or sexually active man

  5. short for stud poker

Origin of stud

Old English stōd; related to Old Norse stōth, Old High German stuot

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