bough [bou] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a branch of a tree, especially one of the larger or main branches.

Origin of bough before 1000; Middle English bogh, Old English bōg, bōh shoulder, bough; cognate with Old Norse bōgr, Dutch boeg, German Bug, Greek pêchys, Sanskrit bāhu Related formsbough·less, adjectiveun·der·bough, nounCan be confusedbough bowSynonym study See branch. Related Words for boughs sprig, shoot, fork, sucker, offshoot, limb, arm Examples from the Web for boughs Contemporary Examples of boughs

  • Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.

    A Field General in the War on Christmas

    David Freedlander

    December 24, 2014

  • Historical Examples of boughs

  • We heard the swish of the boughs, heavy with new snow, and then silence.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • I tried to shake off the feeling of desolation as I went to my bed of boughs.

    The Long Labrador Trail

    Dillon Wallace

  • Other boughs sagged under the weight of silvery cornucopias.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • Just beneath at the first forking of the boughs a candle burned.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • How steady it was as it moved among the boughs, extinguishing the lights.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • British Dictionary definitions for boughs bough noun

    1. any of the main branches of a tree

    Word Origin for bough Old English bōg arm, twig; related to Old Norse bōgr shoulder, ship’s bow, Old High German buog shoulder, Greek pēkhus forearm, Sanskrit bāhu; see bow ³, elbow Word Origin and History for boughs bough n.

    Old English bog “shoulder, arm,” extended in Old English to “twig, branch” (cf. limb (n.1)), from Proto-Germanic *bogaz (cf. Old Norse bogr “shoulder,” Old High German buog, German Bug “shoulder, hock, joint”), from PIE *bhagus “elbow, forearm” (cf. Sanskrit bahus “arm,” Armenian bazuk, Greek pakhys “forearm”). The “limb of a tree” sense is peculiar to English.

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