From Cajun French bayou, from Choctaw bayuk (“creek”). Doublet of bogue.
bayou (plural bayous)
- Used almost exclusively to refer to bodies of water in Louisiana and adjoining areas, including southern Mississippi, Alabama, eastern Texas, Arkansas, and Florida.
slow-moving creek or swamp
Borrowed from Choctaw bayuk (“creek”).
bayou m (plural bayous)
- a stagnant body of water left behind by the meandering of the Mississippi River in Louisiana or elsewhere; a bayou
- “bayou”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.