familiar form of address for a male, 1851, perhaps a shortening of buddy (q.v.) and ultimately from brother.
"undeveloped growth-point of a plant," late 14c., budde, origin unknown, perhaps from Old French boter "push forward, thrust," itself a Germanic word (compare Dutch bot "bud," Old Saxon budil "bag, purse," German Beutel), or perhaps from Old English budd "beetle."
"put forth or produce buds," c. 1400; see bud (n.). Related: Budded; budding.
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