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. 2001.


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  • 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

  • bough — bough; bough·less; bough·pot; …   English syllables

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

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

  • bough — [ bau ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY a big branch on a tree …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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

  • bough — branch, limb, *shoot …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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