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2 [stuhd]
a studhorse or stallion.
an establishment, as a farm, in which horses are kept for breeding.
a number of horses, usually for racing or hunting, bred or kept by one owner.
a male animal, as a bull or ram, kept for breeding.
a herd of animals kept for breeding.
Slang. a man, especially one who is notably virile and sexually active.
Poker. stud poker.
of, associated with, or pertaining to a studhorse or studhorses.
retained for breeding purposes.
at/in stud, (of a male animal) offered for the purpose of breeding.

before 1000; 1920–25 for def 6; Middle English; Old English stōd; cognate with Old Norse stōth; akin to stand Unabridged
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stud1 (stʌd)
1.  a large-headed nail or other projection protruding from a surface, usually as decoration
2.  a type of fastener consisting of two discs at either end of a short shank, used to fasten shirtfronts, collars, etc
3.  building trades a vertical member made of timber, steel, etc, that is used with others to construct the framework of a wall
4.  a headless bolt that is threaded at both ends, the centre portion being unthreaded
5.  any short projection on a machine, such as the metal cylinder that forms a journal for the gears on a screw-cutting lathe
6.  the crossbar in the centre of a link of a heavy chain
7.  one of a number of rounded projections on the sole of a boot or shoe to give better grip, as on a football boot
vb , studs, studding, studded
8.  to provide, ornament, or make with studs
9.  to dot or cover (with): the park was studded with daisies
10.  building trades to provide or support (a wall, partition, etc) with studs
[Old English studu; related to Old Norse stoth post, Middle High German stud post]

stud2 (stʌd)
1.  a group of pedigree animals, esp horses, kept for breeding purposes
2.  any male animal kept principally for breeding purposes, esp a stallion
3.  a farm or stable where a stud is kept
4.  the state or condition of being kept for breeding purposes: at stud; put to stud
5.  (modifier) of or relating to such animals or the place where they are kept: a stud farm; a stud horse
6.  slang a virile or sexually active man
7.  short for stud poker
[Old English stōd; related to Old Norse stōth, Old High German stuot]

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Word Origin & History

"nailhead, knob," O.E. studu "pillar, prop, post," from P.Gmc. *stud- (cf. O.N. stoð "staff, stick," prop. "stay," M.H.G. stud, O.E. stow "place"), from PIE *stu-, variant of base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense expanded by 1397 to include ornamental devices fixed in
and projecting from a surface. The verb is 1505 in the literal sense of "set with studs," 1570 in studded with "as though sprinkled with nails with conspicuous heads."

"horse used for breeding," O.E. stod "herd of horses, place where horses are kept for breeding," from P.Gmc. *stodo (cf. O.N. stoð, M.L.G. stod, O.H.G. stuot "herd of horses," Ger. Stute "mare"), from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (cf. O.C.S. stado "herd," Lith. stodas "a drove of horses;" see
stet). Sense of "male horse kept for breeding" is first recorded 1803; meaning "man who is highly active and proficient sexually" is attested from 1895; that of "any young man" is from 1929.
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