From Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer (“birdcage”), Old Norse búr (Danish bur, Swedish bur (“cage”)).
- A bedroom or private apartments, especially for a woman in a medieval castle.
- (literary) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat.
- A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods.
- (ornithology) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.
From Middle English boueer, from Old English būr, ġebūr (“freeholder of the lowest class, peasant, farmer”) and Middle Dutch bouwer (“farmer, builder, peasant”); both from Proto-Germanic *būraz (“dweller”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to dwell”). Cognate with German Bauer (“peasant, builder”), Dutch boer, buur, and Albanian burrë (“man, husband”). See boor, neighbor.
- A peasant; a farmer.
From German Bauer.
- Either of the two highest trumps in euchre.
From the bow of a ship
- (nautical) A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow.
- One who bows or bends.
- One who plays any of several bow instruments, such as the musical bow or diddley bow.
- A muscle that bends a limb, especially the arm.
From bough, compare brancher.
- (obsolete, falconry) A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.