Entry from British & World English dictionary
A small wad of cotton wool on a short, thin stick, used for cosmetic purposes or cleaning the ears.
- But then liquid soap was rubbed onto my head with what felt like a cross between a cotton bud and a cocktail stick.
- Whether it's a build-up of water or wax the ensuing loss of hearing can be infuriating, and it's all you can do to stop yourself sticking the dreaded cotton bud down there to clear it.
- To camouflage spots, dip a clean cotton bud into a concealer that matches your skin tone and dot on the spot.
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