What does bough mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boughnoun

    any of the larger branches of a tree

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Boughnoun

    An arm or large shoot of a tree, bigger than a branch, yet not always distinguished from it.

    Etymology: bog, Saxon;

    He saw a vine-labourer, that, finding a bough broken, took a branch of the same bough, and tied it about the place broken. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Their lord and patron loud did him proclaim,
    And at his feet their laurel boughs did throw. Fairy Q. b. i.

    From the bough
    She gave him of that fair enticing fruit. Parad. Lost, b. ix.

    As the dove’s flight did guide Æneas, now
    May thine conduct me to the golden bough. John Denham.

    Under some fav’rite myrtle’s shady boughs,
    They speak their passions in repeated vows. Wentworth Dillon.

    See how, on every bough, the birds express,
    In their sweet notes, their happiness. John Dryden, Indian Emp.

    ’Twas all her joy the rip’ning fruits to tend,
    And see the boughs with happy burdens bend. Alexander Pope.


  1. bough

    A bough is a main branch of a tree. It is usually larger and longer than other branches and can often support smaller branches, leaves, and fruits. It can also refer metaphorically to a branch of a family or genealogy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boughnoun

    an arm or branch of a tree, esp. a large arm or main branch

  2. Boughnoun

    a gallows

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bough

    bow, n. a branch of a tree: the gallows. [A.S. bóg, bóh, an arm, the shoulder (Ger. bug, the shoulder, the bow of a ship)—A.S. bugan, to bend.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOUGH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bough is ranked #30767 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bough surname appeared 757 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bough.

    84.4% or 639 total occurrences were White.
    6% or 46 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 22 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.3% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bough in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bough in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 5 scene 1:

    Merrily, merrily shall I live now, Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

  2. D. H. Lawrence:

    I have never seen a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A little bird will fall dead, frozen from a bough, without ever having felt sorry for itself.

  3. Dante Alighieri:

    The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.

  4. Omar Khayym:

    A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow

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