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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  1. any of a variety of slightly sweetened or plain raised cakes or bisquits, often having a glazing of sugar and milk on the top crust; as, a hot cross bun .
  2. a type of coiffure in which the hair is gathered into a coil or knot at the top of the head.
  3. pl.the buttocks.(slang)

Etymology: Scot. bun bunn, OE. bunne bonne; fr. Celtic; cf. Ir. bunna, Gael. bonnach, or OF. bugne tumor, Prov. F. bugne a kind of pancake; akin to OHG. bungo bulb, MHG. bunge, Prov. E. bung heap, cluster, bunny a small swelling

noun BUN
same as blood urea nitrogen ; the concentration of nitrogen in blood present in the form of urea; -- used as a measure of kidney function.

Note: Blood usually contains 10 to 15 mg of nitrogen per 100 ml in the form of urea. Stedman.

Etymology: acronym

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small rounded bread either plain or sweet

From Middle English bunne (“wheat cake, bun”), from Anglo-Norman bugne (“bump on the head; fritter”), from Old French bugne (hence French beignet), from Frankish *bungjo (“little clump”), diminutive of *bungo (“lump, clump”), from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô (“clump, lump, heap, crowd”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ- (“thick, dense, fat”). Cognate with Dutch bonk (“clump, clot, cluster of fruits”). More at bunch.

  1. A small bread roll, often sweetened or spiced.
  2. A tight roll of hair worn at the back of the head.
  3. (Ireland) A cupcake.
  4. (slang, Britain) A drunken spree.
  5. (Internet, slang) A newbie.
  6. (informal, typically used in the plural) A buttock.

From bunny?

  1. (dialect, archaic) A rabbit or sometimes a squirrel.

Caribbean pronunciation of burn.

    bun was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Aromanian, Dalmatian, Irish, Japanese, Ligurian, Lojban, Old French, Old Irish, Romanian, Scottish Gaelic, Somali, and Tok Pisin

    Notable Persons Named Bun

    Bun B is a hip hop music rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 1987. Bun was given the name Bernard Freeman on March 19th, 1973.


    Bun E. Carlos is a rock music musician and archivist. He plays Drums and Drum kit. Bun was given the name Brad Carlson on June 12th, 1950.


    Bun Rany is a President of the Cambodian Red Cross, First Lady of Cambodia, President of theCambodian Red Cross, and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Cambodia. Bun was given the name Bun Sam Hieng on December 15th, 1954 in Krouch Chhmar District.


    Bun Cook was a hockey player. His career lasted from 1926 to 1937. Bun was born on September 18th, 1903 in Kingston, Ontario. He left this life on March 19th, 1988.


    Bun Troy was a baseball player. Bun was born on August 27th, 1888 in Bad Wurzach, Germany. Bun is also known as Troy and Robert Gustave. He died on October 7th, 1918.


    Bun was born on October 20th, 1911. He left this life on April 20th, 1986.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bun

    Lam Bun is an artist.


    Kenny was born on June 1st, 1990 in Metz, France.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bun U.S.
      White 4.60% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 89.92% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.40% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.92% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bun

    People with the last name Bun are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Bun

    • How Popular is the name Bun? Bun is the 60,100th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bun was the 18,793rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bun have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22 babies born with the first name Bun in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bun? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Bun first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bun is Sunday, March 10th, 1878.
    • What year had the most people named Bun born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bun was in 1927 with a total of 7 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Bun: Your name in reverse order is Nub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nub. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bun? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,458 people with the last name Bun.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bun? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bun as their last name since less than 1 person in 204k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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