Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bun n.3

also bun hat
[resemblance]

[1910s+] (N.Z.) a bowler hat.

In phrases

do one’s bun (v.)

[1930s+] (orig. N.Z. milit.) to lose emotional control.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

bun-duster (n.) [SE bun + duster, he ‘dusts off’, i.e. finishes, the buns]

[1920s] (US) an effete young man who attends smart tea parties and charms old ladies.

bun feast (n.) [ext. of SE use but ? ironic ref. to beanfeast]

[late 19C–1900s] a third-rate feast, where even the buns are not enough to make one full.

bunfight (n.)

[late 19C+] a tea party, esp. with image of children struggling for sticky buns; any party.

bun-house (n.) [the distribution of free buns]

[1940s] (UK Und.) public relief.

bun-joint (n.) [joint n. (3)]

[late 19C] (US) a coffeehouse.

bun-puncher (n.) (also bun-strangler)

[1910s–30s] a teetotaller; thus bun-punching adj., teetotal.

bunrunner (n.)

[1990s+] (N.Z.) a person who delivers lunch and snacks around offices.

bun-struggle (n.) (also bun-rush, bun and sandwich scuffle, muffin-struggle, tea-scramble) [var. on bun-worry ; note WWI milit. bun-strangler, bun wallah, a teetotaller]

[late 19C–1950s] a tea party.

bun-worry (n.) [SE worry, to bite at like a dog]

1. [late 19C–1900s] (orig. milit.) a tea party; also attrib. (the implication is of ‘soft’ liberalism).

2. [late 19C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a general jollification.

In phrases

take the bun (v.)

see separate entry.