(noun) a partially opened flower


(noun) a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals


(verb) start to grow or develop; “a budding friendship”


(verb) develop buds; “The hibiscus is budding!”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1

Proper noun


A male nickname.

(rare, chiefly, Southern US) A male given name from English.

Etymology 2

From Budweiser.


Bud (plural Buds)

(informal) A Budweiser beer.


• BDU, DBU, DUB, Dub, Dub., dub

Etymology 1


bud (countable and uncountable, plural buds)

A newly sprouted leaf or blossom that has not yet unfolded.

Synonym: budset

(figuratively) Something that has begun to develop.

A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism.

(usually uncountable, slang) Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the “bud”), or marijuana generally.

Synonyms: nug, marijuana, Thesaurus:marijuana

A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.

(dated, term of endearment) A pretty young girl.


bud (third-person singular simple present buds, present participle budding, simple past and past participle budded)

(intransitive) To form buds.

(intransitive) To reproduce by splitting off buds.

(intransitive) To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.

(intransitive) To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise.

(transitive) To put forth as a bud.

(transitive) To graft by inserting a bud under the bark of another tree.

Etymology 2


bud (plural buds)

(informal, North America) Buddy, friend.

Synonym: Thesaurus:friend

(informal) used to address a male


• BDU, DBU, DUB, Dub, Dub., dub


BUD (countable and uncountable, plural BUDs)

(disease) Initialism of benzodiazepine use disorder.

(informal, telecommunications) Initialism of big ugly dish.


• BDU, DBU, DUB, Dub, Dub., dub

Source: Wiktionary

Bud, n. Etym: [OE. budde; cf. D. bot, G. butze, butz, the core of a fruit, bud, LG. butte in hagebutte, hainbutte, a hip of the dog-rose, or OF. boton, F. bouton, bud, button, OF. boter to bud, push; all akin to E. beat. See Button.]

1. (Bot.)

Definition: A small protuberance on the stem or branches of a plant, containing the rudiments of future leaves, flowers, or stems; an undeveloped branch or flower.

2. (Biol.)

Definition: A small protuberance on certain low forms of animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism, either free or attached. See Hydra. Bud moth (Zoöl.), a lepidopterous insect of several species, which destroys the buds of fruit trees; esp. Tmetocera ocellana and Eccopsis malana on the apple tree.

Bud, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Budded; p. pr. & vb. n. Budding.]

1. To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.

2. To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.

3. To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise; as, a budding virgin. Shak.


– To sprout; germinate; blossom.

Bud, v. t.

Definition: To graft, as a plant with another or into another, by inserting a bud from the one into an opening in the bark of the other, in order to raise, upon the budded stock, fruit different from that which it would naturally bear. The apricot and the nectarine may be, and usually are, budded upon the peach; the plum and the peach are budded on each other. Farm. Dict.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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