Definition of bough in English:



  • A main branch of a tree.

    ‘apple boughs laden with blossom’
    • ‘It was completely silent and tree boughs splintered the moonlight.’
    • ‘It looked rather like someone had chopped off a tree bough and roughly hewn off all the twigs and leaves.’
    • ‘Looking around, Jacob was astonished to find large plates of metal hanging down from the lower boughs of the tall trees.’
    • ‘Garland, wreaths, and pine tree boughs would be hung, red candles lit in the windows, and holly branches attached to the outside of the pews with big red bows.’
    • ‘The boughs of the pine trees drooped with mounds of fluffy snow, and every branch of the hardwoods was outlined in white.’
    • ‘After Christmas, use boughs of discarded trees to protect plants from sunscald and frost heave.’
    • ‘In Woodlore, for instance, the bough of a tree spreads its yellow branches against a green background.’
    • ‘She sat under the boughs of a tree and cried, and her tears formed this pool, this pool the direst of blue to symbolize her sorrow.’
    • ‘People are collecting the branches and boughs of trees smashed down by the icy snow.’
    • ‘We are also planning enhancement programs using tree boughs to alter the flow of the current.’
    • ‘He took hold of the tree bough and jumped up, heaving himself onto the branch and disappearing among the leaves.’
    • ‘He quickly picked apples from the boughs of the tree, throwing them forcefully down upon the heads of his assailants.’
    • ‘Trees drew in their boughs and leaves, revealing the bare, lonesome path.’
    • ‘It had been a very sunny day, and he was calmly enjoying the warmth, sitting on one of the uppermost boughs of a village tree.’
    • ‘Overlap Christmas tree boughs and evergreen prunings atop beds to protect newly planted and tender perennials and bulbs.’
    • ‘Through the gently swaying boughs of trees a cloudless, azure sky was visible, heralding the beginning of a hot, clear day.’
    • ‘The boughs of a bougainvillea tree in full bloom had climbed over the wall and formed a sweet-smelling canopy above her.’
    • ‘He smiled gently, pale blue eyes glimmering ever so slightly in the moonlight that flickered down through the boughs of the tree.’
    • ‘Old newspapers soaked in water and wrapped around a wire coat hanger were decorated with pine boughs from a backyard tree.’
    • ‘As she dropped off to sleep, some of the boughs of the tree bent down and covered the entrance of hollow, obscuring her from view.’
    branch, limb, arm, twig, sprig, offshoot, spur
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Old English bōg, bōh ‘bough or shoulder’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boeg ‘shoulders or ship's bow’, German Bug ‘ship's bow’ and ‘horse's hock or shoulder’, also to bow.