Definition of stud noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1 [countable] a small piece of jewellery with a part that is pushed through a hole in your ear, nose, etc. diamond studs He has a small stud. See related entries: Jewellery
  2. 2[countable] a small round piece of metal that is attached to the surface of something, especially for decoration a leather jacket with studs on the back
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] (British English) one of several small metal or plastic objects that are fixed to the bottom part of a football boot or running shoe compare cleat
  4. 4[countable] a small metal object used in the past for fastening a collar onto a shirt see also press stud
  5. 5[countable, uncountable] an animal, especially a horse, that is kept for breeding; a place where animals, especially horses, are kept for breeding a stud farm The horse was retired from racing and put out to stud (= kept for breeding). horses at stud See related entries: Animal farming, Equine sports
  6. 6[countable] (informal) a man who has many sexual partners and who is thought to be sexually attractive See related entries: Attractiveness, Male attractiveness
  7. Word Origin senses 1 to 4 Old English studu, stuthu ‘post, upright prop’; related to German stützen ‘to prop’. The sense ‘ornamental metal knob’ arose in late Middle English. senses 5 to 6 Old English stōd, of Germanic origin; related to German Stute ‘mare’, also to stand.

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