Etymology 1 
From Middle English budde 'bud, seedpod', from Proto-Germanic *buddōn (compare Dutch bot 'bud', German Hagebutte ‘hip, rosehip', Butzen 'seedpod', Swedish dialect bodd 'head'), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu- (“to swell”).
- A newly formed leaf or flower that has not yet unfolded.
- After a long, cold winter, the trees finally began to produce buds.
- (slang) Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the bud), or marijuana generally.
- Hey bro, want to smoke some bud?
- A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism.
- In this slide, you can see a yeast cell forming buds.
- A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.
Derived terms 
- To form buds.
- The trees are finally starting to bud.
- To reproduce by splitting off buds.
- Yeast reproduces by budding.
Etymology 2 
bud (plural buds)
- (informal) Buddy, friend.
- I like to hang out with my buds on Saturday night.
- (informal) used to address a male
- See also Wikisaurus:friend
From Old Norse boð.
bud n (singular definite buddet, plural indefinite bud)
Related terms 
- messenger, delivery man, errand boy
Related terms 
- a message (also budskap)
- a commandment (as in the Ten Commandments; also budord), a rule that must be obeyed (also påbud)
- a bid, an offer
- a messenger (also budbärare, sändebud)
- someone who delivers packages or parcels (also budbil, cykelbud, paketbud)