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.
|Daily News 31 May in (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.|
|Confessions of Convict 53: I took my wife and ‘buds’ to the firemen’s ball.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 141: Other Girls not as Good-Looking or Accomplished had been grabbed off while they were Buds.|
|Ade’s Fables 130: An imported Professor taught the Buds how to Tango and Trot.‘The New Fable of the Wandering Boy’ in|
|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.|
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 11: Long-haired little WASP and Jewish buds balling spade cats.|
(b) a debutante.
|Confessions of Frivolous Girl 27: Mr. Blake, I waltz horribly. I am only an inexperienced ‘bud,’ you know.|
|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.|
|Four Million (1915) 222: To the society bud comes but one début; it stands alone sweet in her memory when her hair has whitened.‘Lost on Dress Parade’ in|
|Wash. Post 15 Nov. 6/1: Any Washington ‘bud’ should feel that her American-designed dress was the last thing.|
|Hand-made Fables 25: All the nifty buds, with their Noses lifted high above the Corsage Bouquets, sized up the pale Sliver.|
|Showgirl 163: Probably one of those Park Avenue buds.|
(c) a young, immature man.
|Pitcher in Paradise 191: I would put up a gorge for the satisfaction of havin’ a legal reckonin’ with that young bud.|
|Chicago May (1929) 115: ‘I will pay the bill’ says this bud, ‘only don’t mention my name.’.|
|Hungry Men 72: I got a bud. He’s twenty-two now.|
(d) (US gay) a homosexual teenager.
|Queens’ Vernacular 46: a homosexual teenager. [...] bud (esp used of young latent homosexuals).|
2. (US) a nipple, a breast.
|World to Win 47: Robert saw the swell of one breast and even the dark bud of it.|
|Glover 306: I’ll bet she’s got a set hoho. Big buds there.|
|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.
|‘Smoke Two Joints’ [lyrics] Tokin’ on some sweet bud and jammin’ on a rootsy reggae-funky town.|
|Do or Die (1992) 138: Let’s say some homegirls sneak in with some bud [...] You gonna take a hit?|
|‘Fuck Wit Dre Day’ [lyrics] And pass the bud, and stay low-key B.|
|Source Nov. 162: I got them under control. I give them drink and bud or whatever and keep ’em calm.|
|Indep. Rev. 9 Nov. 12: Because it means posing with buds, or smoking a joint.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 86: ‘Everybody brings bud and forties. Sit there and get fucked up’.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] All the buds you can smoke and titties as far as the eye can see.‘Grassed’ in|
(b) that part of the cannabis plant that is smoked; thus a general term for marijuana.
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 178: Maryjane: leaf, prime buds.|
|Curvy Lovebox 32: Red-eyed from smokin’ down buds of skunk.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 54: The bud felt sticky between her fingers – a good sign.|
|Way Home (2009) 56: Chris had bought some marijuana [...] and had passed a couple of buds on to Ben.|
(US campus) a marijuana dealer.
|Candy 22: He was the bud man, the gardener.|
|Westsiders 10: Marijuana is a substance budman has developed a profound respect for.|
(US) a container for marijuana.
|‘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.|
|‘Gangstas’ [lyrics] You got the crack, I got the bud sack Mystikal, smack, you got the strap.|
(US campus) intoxicated by marijuana.
|Da Bomb Summer Supplement 3: Budded out (v.) To smoke marijuana to become intoxicated.|
(US drugs) a variety of potent marijuana, containing red hairs from the flower buds.
|,||cited in Sl. and Jargon of Drugs and Drink (1986).|
|ONDCP Street Terms 18: Red bud — Marijuana.|