Bough

  • 1 Bough — Bough, n. [OE. bogh, AS. b[=o]g, b[=o]h, bough, shoulder; akin to Icel. b[=o]gr shoulder, bow of a ship, Sw. bog, Dan. bov, OHG. buog, G. bug, and to Gr.? ( for ? ) forearm, Skr. b[=a]hu (for bh[=a]ghu) arm. [root]88, 251. Cf. {Bow} of a ship.]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 bough — bough; bough·less; bough·pot; …

    English syllables

  • 3 bough — [bau] n literary [: Old English; Origin: bog shoulder, bough ] a main branch on a tree …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 bough — ► NOUN ▪ a main branch of a tree. ORIGIN Old English «bough or shoulder»; related to BOW(Cf. ↑bow) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 bough — [ bau ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY a big branch on a tree …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 bough — O.E. bog shoulder, arm, extended O.E. to twig, branch (Cf. LIMB (Cf. limb)), from P.Gmc. *bogaz (Cf. O.N. bogr shoulder, O.H.G. buog, Ger. Bug shoulder, hock, joint ), from PIE *bhagus elbow, forearm (Cf. Skt …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 bough — branch, limb, *shoot …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 bough — [n] branch arm, fork, limb, offshoot, shoot, sprig, sucker; concept 428 …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 bough — [bou] n. [ME < OE bog, shoulder or arm, hence twig or branch < IE * bhāgus, elbow and forearm > BOW2] branch of a tree, esp. a main branch …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 bough|y — «BOW ee», adjective. having many boughs …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 11 Bough — Recorded in the spellings of Bow, Bowe, and Bough, this is usually a surname of English origins. There are at least three possible sources. The first is that it is a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of bows, a vital trade in… …

    Surnames reference

  • 12 bough — n. 1) a slender bough 2) boughs sway in the breeze * * * [baʊ] a slender bough boughs sway in the breeze …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 bough — [[t]ba͟ʊ[/t]] boughs N COUNT A bough is a large branch of a tree. [LITERARY] I rested my fishing rod against a pine bough …

    English dictionary

  • 14 bough — UK [baʊ] / US noun [countable] Word forms bough : singular bough plural boughs mainly literary a big branch on a tree …

    English dictionary

  • 15 bough — [[t]baʊ[/t]] n. bot a branch of a tree, esp. one of the larger branches • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME bogh, OE bōg, bōh, bough bough′less, adj …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 bough — noun Etymology: Middle English, shoulder, bough, from Old English bōg; akin to Old High German buog shoulder, Greek pēchys forearm Date: before 12th century a branch of a tree; especially a main branch • boughed adjective …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 bough — boughless, adj. /bow/, n. a branch of a tree, esp. one of the larger or main branches. [bef. 1000; ME bogh, OE bog, boh shoulder, bough; c. ON bogr, D boeg, G Bug, Gk pêchys, Skt bahu] Syn. 1. See branch. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 18 bough — [OE] Bough is a word of some antiquity, dispersed far and wide throughout the Indo European languages, but it is only in English that it has come to mean ‘branch’. It comes ultimately from an Indo European *bhāghūs; the meaning this had is not… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 bough — [baʊ] noun a main branch of a tree. Origin OE bōg, bōh bough or shoulder , of Gmc origin; related to bow3 …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 bough — /baʊ / (say bow) noun 1. a branch of a tree, especially one of the larger of the main branches. 2. Archaic the gallows. {Middle English; Old English bōg, bōh shoulder, bough} –boughless, adjective …

    Australian English dictionary