From Middle English burjon, burioun (“shoot, bud”), from Anglo-Norman burjun, burgeon, burgon (compare Old French burjon "a bud"), from Old Frankish *burjo (“sprout, offshoot, descendant”), from Proto-Germanic *burjô (“sprout, descendant, offshoot”), from Proto-Germanic *beraną (“to carry, bear”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to bear”). Akin to Old High German burjan (“to push up, raise”), Old English byrian (“to come up, occur”), Old English byre (“child, son, descendant”). More at bear.
burgeon (plural burgeons)
- (intransitive) To grow or expand.
- Gradually, the town burgeoned into a thriving city.
- (intransitive) To swell to the point of bursting.
- (intransitive, archaic) Of plants, to bloom, bud.