from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A painful, inflamed swelling of the bursa at the first joint of the big toe, characterized by enlargement of the joint and lateral displacement of the toe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bump or bulge on the first joint of the big toe caused by the swelling of a sac of fluid under the skin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as bunyon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swelling on the foot caused by the inflammation of a bursa, especially that over the metatarsophalangeal joint of the great toe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a painful swelling of the bursa of the first joint of the big toe
Probably alteration of obsolete bunny, swelling, from Middle English bony, perhaps from Old French bugne; see bun1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From alteration of earlier bunny ("lump, swelling"), from Middle English bony, boni ("bunion, swelling"); or perhaps from Italian bugnone ("a knob, boil, blain"), an augmented form of Italian bugno ("beehive"); both Middle English and Italian words from Old French bugne, buigne, bune ("bump, knob, swelling"), from Old Norse bunga ("an elevation, bulge") or from Old Frankish *bungjo (“a swelling, lump, bump”), both Old Norse and Old Frankish from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô (“lump, clump, heap, crowd”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ- (“thick, dense, fat”). Cognate with Dutch bonk ("lump, clump"), German Bunge ("swelling, tuber"). (Wiktionary)