Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bud n.2

1. in senses of youth, immaturity [SE bud, a flower that is yet to be fully opened + phr. bud of promise].

(a) (orig. US) a young, pubescent girl.

[UK]Daily News 31 May in Ware (1909) 53/1: The American novelist is in rather a tight place. [...] His grievance at present is the censorship of the ‘bud’, or young girl, of his native land.
[US]J. Hawthorne Confessions of Convict 53: I took my wife and ‘buds’ to the firemen’s ball.
[US]Ade More Fables in Sl. (1960) 141: Other Girls not as Good-Looking or Accomplished had been grabbed off while they were Buds.
[US]Ade ‘The New Fable of the Wandering Boy’ in Ade’s Fables 130: An imported Professor taught the Buds how to Tango and Trot.
[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 109: Every stud and every bloomin’ bud is gonna be trilling and drilling on both sides of the main drag.
[US]T. Wolfe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 11: Long-haired little WASP and Jewish buds balling spade cats.

(b) a debutante.

[US]R. Grant Confessions of Frivolous Girl 27: Mr. Blake, I waltz horribly. I am only an inexperienced ‘bud,’ you know.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 May 24/3: All the managing mammas among the English nobility are arranging to bring out their ‘buds’ simultaneously with the Prince of Wales’s two daughters, respectively seventeen and sixteen, who will be launched on the sea of English society in the coming season.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Lost on Dress Parade’ in Four Million (1915) 222: To the society bud comes but one début; it stands alone sweet in her memory when her hair has whitened.
[US]Wash. Post 15 Nov. 6/1: Any Washington ‘bud’ should feel that her American-designed dress was the last thing.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 25: All the nifty buds, with their Noses lifted high above the Corsage Bouquets, sized up the pale Sliver.
[US]J.P. McEvoy Showgirl 163: Probably one of those Park Avenue buds.

(c) a young, immature man.

[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 191: I would put up a gorge for the satisfaction of havin’ a legal reckonin’ with that young bud.
[US]M.C. Sharpe Chicago May (1929) 115: ‘I will pay the bill’ says this bud, ‘only don’t mention my name.’.
[US]E. Anderson Hungry Men 72: I got a bud. He’s twenty-two now.

(d) (US gay) a homosexual teenager.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 46: a homosexual teenager. [...] bud (esp used of young latent homosexuals).

2. (US) a nipple, a breast.

[US]J. Conroy World to Win 47: Robert saw the swell of one breast and even the dark bud of it.
[UK]F. Pollini Glover 306: I’ll bet she’s got a set hoho. Big buds there.
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 128: Your buds is hard as two frozen huckleberries.

3. (orig. US drugs, also buds) pertaining to cannabis.

(a) (also buj) cannabis.

Toyes ‘Smoke Two Joints’ [lyrics] Tokin’ on some sweet bud and jammin’ on a rootsy reggae-funky town.
[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 138: Let’s say some homegirls sneak in with some bud [...] You gonna take a hit?
[US]Dr Dre ‘Fuck Wit Dre Day’ [lyrics] And pass the bud, and stay low-key B.
[US]Source Nov. 162: I got them under control. I give them drink and bud or whatever and keep ’em calm.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 9 Nov. 12: Because it means posing with buds, or smoking a joint.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 86: ‘Everybody brings bud and forties. Sit there and get fucked up’.
B.W. Jeffs Lost Boy 147: My boss said, ‘Let’s smoke some bud.’ I didn’t want to seem uncool, so I agreed and we all got high.
[US]J. Díaz This Is How You Lose Her 91: I was [...] smoking so much bud that if I remembered an hour from any one of those days it would have been a lot.
[Aus] L. Redhead ‘Grassed’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] All the buds you can smoke and titties as far as the eye can see.

(b) that part of the cannabis plant that is smoked; thus a general term for marijuana.

[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 178: Maryjane: leaf, prime buds.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 32: Red-eyed from smokin’ down buds of skunk.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 54: The bud felt sticky between her fingers – a good sign.
[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 56: Chris had bought some marijuana [...] and had passed a couple of buds on to Ben.

In compounds

budman (n.)

(US campus) a marijuana dealer.

[US]P. Munro Sl. U.
[Aus]L. Davies Candy 22: He was the bud man, the gardener.
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 10: Marijuana is a substance budman has developed a profound respect for.
bud-sack (n.)

(US) a container for marijuana.

[US]Snoop Doggy Dogg ‘G’z Up, Hoes Down’ [lyrics] I mob to the beach, on a mission and I’m fishin / for my DJ Warren G, now I look for the bud sack / and see where my loves at.
[US]‘Mystikal’ ‘Gangstas’ [lyrics] You got the crack, I got the bud sack Mystikal, smack, you got the strap.

In phrases

budded out (adj.)

(US campus) intoxicated by marijuana.

[US]Da Bomb Summer Supplement 3: Budded out (v.) To smoke marijuana to become intoxicated.