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Origin of studding

First recorded in 1580–90; stud1 + -ing1


  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.
  3. 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.
  4. any of various projecting pins, lugs, or the like, on machines or other implements.
  5. 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.
  6. an earring consisting of a small, buttonlike ornament mounted on a metal post designed to pass through a pierced ear lobe.
  7. 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.
  3. to set or scatter (objects) at intervals over an expanse or surface: to stud raisins over a cake.
  4. to furnish with or support by studs.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for studding

Historical Examples of studding

  • It is used in fastening the studding to the sill in balloon framing.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • My theory in regard to the boarding and studding was correct.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • I concluded that some of the boarding and studding had not been broken off.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • The lagging only is shown; this was, of course, backed with studding.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • “In all studding sails, Senhor Alvez,” he shouted to his first lieutenant.

    The Prime Minister

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for studding


  1. building studs collectively, esp as used to form a wall or partitionSee also stud 1 (def. 3)
  2. material that is used to form studs or serve as studs


  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
  3. building trades a vertical member made of timber, steel, etc, that is used with others to construct the framework of a wall
  4. a headless bolt that is threaded at both ends, the centre portion being unthreaded
  5. any short projection on a machine, such as the metal cylinder that forms a journal for the gears on a screw-cutting lathe
  6. the crossbar in the centre of a link of a heavy chain
  7. 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)
  1. to provide, ornament, or make with studs
  2. to dot or cover (with)the park was studded with daisies
  3. 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


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



"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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