verb (used with object), stud·ded, stud·ding.


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

Origin of stud

before 900; Middle English stude knob, post, Old English studu post; cognate with Middle High German stud, Old Norse stoth post
Related formsun·stud·ded, adjective




a studhorse or stallion.
an establishment, as a farm, in which horses are kept for breeding.
a number of horses, usually for racing or hunting, bred or kept by one owner.
a male animal, as a bull or ram, kept for breeding.
a herd of animals kept for breeding.
Slang. a man, especially one who is notably virile and sexually active.
Poker. stud poker.


of, associated with, or pertaining to a studhorse or studhorses.
retained for breeding purposes.

Origin of stud

before 1000; 1920–25 for def 6; Middle English; Old English stōd; cognate with Old Norse stōth; akin to stand

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Related Words for stud

button, beam, post, scantling, framing, pin, pillar, peg, brace, dot

Examples from the Web for stud

Contemporary Examples of stud

Historical Examples of stud

  • He creepin' went and watchin' stud, And he thought to hold her fast.

  • Sutter touched a stud and the electric runabout coasted to a halt.

    Made in Tanganyika

    Carl Richard Jacobi

  • Come an' have a dhrink, me son,' sez Peg Barney, staggerin' where he stud.

  • He picked up a microphone, touched a stud, and turned a knob.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

  • "Stud's undone, old chap," said his opponent as he paid his debt.


    Alice Hegan Rice

British Dictionary definitions for stud




a large-headed nail or other projection protruding from a surface, usually as decoration
a type of fastener consisting of two discs at either end of a short shank, used to fasten shirtfronts, collars, etc
building trades a vertical member made of timber, steel, etc, that is used with others to construct the framework of a wall
a headless bolt that is threaded at both ends, the centre portion being unthreaded
any short projection on a machine, such as the metal cylinder that forms a journal for the gears on a screw-cutting lathe
the crossbar in the centre of a link of a heavy chain
one of a number of rounded projections on the sole of a boot or shoe to give better grip, as on a football boot

verb studs, studding or studded (tr)

to provide, ornament, or make with studs
to dot or cover (with)the park was studded with daisies
building trades to provide or support (a wall, partition, etc) with studs

Word Origin for stud

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




a group of pedigree animals, esp horses, kept for breeding purposes
any male animal kept principally for breeding purposes, esp a stallion
a farm or stable where a stud is kept
the state or condition of being kept for breeding purposesat stud; put to stud
(modifier) of or relating to such animals or the place where they are kepta stud farm; a stud horse
slang a virile or sexually active man
short for stud poker

Word Origin for stud

Old English stōd; related to Old Norse stōth, Old High German stuot
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Word Origin and History for stud

"nailhead, knob," Old English studu "pillar, prop, post," from Proto-Germanic *stud- (cf. Old Norse stoð "staff, stick," prop. "stay," Middle High German stud, Old English stow "place"), from PIE *stu-, variant of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense expanded by late 14c. to include ornamental devices fixed in and projecting from a surface. The verb is c.1500 in the literal sense of "set with studs," 1560s in studded with "as though sprinkled with nails with conspicuous heads."


"horse used for breeding," Old English stod "herd of horses, place where horses are kept for breeding," from Proto-Germanic *stodo (cf. Old Norse stoð, Middle Low German stod, Old High German stuot "herd of horses," German Stute "mare"), from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stado "herd," Lithuanian stodas "a drove of horses;" see stet). Sense of "male horse kept for breeding" is first recorded 1803; meaning "man who is highly active and proficient sexually" is attested from 1895; that of "any young man" is from 1929.

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