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1A bread roll of various shapes and flavorings, typically sweetened and often containing dried fruit.
- ‘Will local bakeries that produce buns and chocolate eclairs be affected?’
- ‘Imagine children having tea, inevitably squabbling over the buns, teacakes, muffins and - this being a British expression - crumpets.’
- ‘Save some room for dessert: homemade warm, frosted cinnamon buns and chocolate-chip cookies.’
- ‘There will be a wide selection of produce on sale from fresh home baking - from breads, tarts, quiches, cakes, pies, buns - all to make the mouth water.’
- ‘Good Friday is celebrated with a traditional breakfast of codfish cakes and hot-cross buns.’
- ‘Where there might once have been fresh buns, or cakes, or pastries, now there's just a tray of mass-produced muffins wrapped in plastic with an sell-by date several months into the future.’
- ‘These were public teapot teas, where we pretended that we were just like everyone else, with cakes or buns.’
- ‘There were sack races, a tea in the marquee with cakes, buns and sandwiches for 200, and a lad who won the prize for his branch-covered fancy dress of Boots.’
- ‘Children at Clevedon House raised more than £400 by taking in cakes and buns to sell.’
- ‘But other brands of crumb cakes, doughnuts, and cinnamon buns probably have as much trans.’
- ‘These offered the most delicious apple strudel, chocolate brownies and buns!’
- ‘So indeed the Berliner, a bun or a jam doughnut, also had to be changed in name.’
- ‘His wife performed the same function but with more buns and cakes.’
- ‘Tea, hot-cross buns and Easter eggs, completed the afternoon.’
- ‘Check the label on the biscuits and you'll see that some scones or buns or wholemeal biscuits are the better alternative.’
- ‘When I was a student, it was a warm refuge to sip on bottomless cups of coffee and indulge in steamed fruit pudding and toasted cinnamon buns.’
- ‘Sally Lunn's buns are perhaps not as well known as Bakewell tart, Richmond maids of honour and Eccles cakes but that is because they never appear outside their home town.’
- ‘Even for those who did not grow up with it, there is something therapeutic about the activity involved - the alluring aromas wafting from the oven, and the comforting taste of freshly baked cakes or buns.’
- ‘Her favourites are cream buns and rock buns, and when I take her some her face lights up.’
- ‘At its simplest, coffee is accompanied by a sweet bread called pulla; more elaborate coffees may include a salty dish as well as a pulla ring or buns, cookies, and cakes.’
2A hairstyle in which the hair is drawn back into a tight coil at the back of the head.
- ‘There are contrasts in hair trends right now, from small, tight buns to big fluffy glamazon hair.’
- ‘Long hair was always swept back into a ponytail or bun, and short hair is just combed into place.’
- ‘My grandmother Nellie wore long skirts and aprons, and her hair in a tight bun at the back of her neck.’
- ‘To keep her hair from falling where it wasn't needed, she had pulled it up to a tight bun and sprayed as much hair spray as the ozone layer allowed.’
- ‘I quickly pulled my hair into a tight bun, not wanting to bother with a swim cap.’
- ‘Her hair was pulled into a tight bun exposing her beautiful neck.’
- ‘She was an aging woman, with her grey hair tied back in a tight bun.’
- ‘If local women venture onto the dusty streets at all, they sport ankle-length dresses, buttoned-up blouses and 1930s hairstyles with buns and pompadours.’
- ‘Her hair was no longer in a tight bun, but in a loose ponytail.’
- ‘Her hair was pulled back into a tight bun, with a few soft bangs curled around, just framing her brow.’
- ‘Smiling, she tidied up her hair into a tight bun, with a thin, wooden chopstick going through it.’
- ‘She was young, only about twenty-two, but the way she wore her blond hair pulled back in a tight bun added years onto her age.’
- ‘After dressing, Abby dampened her hair, pulling it up in a tight bun and tying a black and white ribbon around it.’
- ‘Some people have a natural ability to create buns, updos or French Twists on their own hair without any assistance.’
- ‘Her hair was pulled up into a bun that let tight ringlets dangle down, her dress was white and iridescent.’
- ‘Quick add-ons like wigs, buns, falls and ponytails give you salon hair in-between appointments and they're recyclable.’
- ‘They work great on my very thick, pretty curly hair for ponytails and sloppy buns.’
- ‘Lydia Scott smoothed a flyaway strand of hair back into her tight bun.’
- ‘Maids always wore their hair in tight buns, but the hair of this maid was falling down around her neck.’
- ‘She looked very muscular and in her mid-forties with rich, dark brown curly hair put back in a tight bun.’
3bunsNorth American informal A person's buttocks.
buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeksView synonyms
- ‘It takes a very secure individual to call their buttocks, buns.’
- ‘Tight, toned and shapely buns and thighs can be yours with this energetic new yoga program.’
- ‘The only reason, he adds, that I don't have women walking by me and with a sexy glance saying, "Nice Buns", and smiling knowingly, is because I do not use the Bowflexor.’
have a bun in the oven
informal Be pregnant.
- ‘This chick, who's like a soapie star in Australia - announced six weeks ago that she had a bun in the oven.’
- ‘Which Big Brother brunette has a bun in the oven?’
- ‘Once Bening successfully has a bun in the oven, Shandling's work is done, so he becomes the typical lazy husband, not interested in sex or talking.’
- ‘It was still a bit strange that I was not yet twenty but still had a bun in the oven.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
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