stud

A stud is a metal piece that sticks out, usually for decoration. You might have studs spelling out "Mom" on your leather jacket. Straight, simple earrings — a single pearl on a straight post, for instance — are also called studs.

There are a few meanings of stud that you should know if you are an equestrian or in construction. A stud is a male horse used for breeding, and it’s also slang for a macho he-man. If you want to hang a heavy mirror on a wall, you have to find the studs — the upright boards behind the wall — and hammer your nails into the studs, so the nails are anchored to something solid so they can support the weight of the mirror.

Primary Meanings of stud

1.
nv
an upright in house framing
provide with or construct with studs
2.
n
adult male horse kept for breeding
3.
n
poker in which each player receives hole cards and the remainder are dealt face up; bets are placed after each card is dealt
Full Definitions of stud
1

n an upright in house framing

Synonyms:
scantling
Type of:
upright, vertical
a vertical structural member as a post or stake

n ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)

Synonyms:
rivet
Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

v provide with or construct with studs

stud the wall”
Type of:
add
make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of

v scatter or intersperse like dots or studs

Synonyms:
constellate, dot
Type of:
continue, cover, extend
span an interval of distance, space or time
2

n adult male horse kept for breeding

Synonyms:
studhorse
Type of:
entire, stallion
uncastrated adult male horse

n a man who is virile and sexually active

Synonyms:
he-man, macho-man
Type of:
adult male, man
an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
3

n poker in which each player receives hole cards and the remainder are dealt face up; bets are placed after each card is dealt

Synonyms:
stud poker
Type of:
poker, poker game
any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a life-long learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.