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[boo ch]
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  1. butch haircut.
  2. Slang. a lesbian, especially one notably masculine in manner or appearance.
  1. Slang.
    1. (of a girl or woman) having traits of personality, dress, behavior, or appearance usually associated with males.
    2. (of a male) decidedly or exaggeratedly masculine in manner or appearance.

Origin of butch

First recorded in 1940–45; apparently from the proper name


[boo ch]
  1. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for butch

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Historical Examples

  • If the boys quarrelled with him at play, the first word was "your mother's a butch."

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • What do you think of them, Butch, now that you've clapped your eyes on them?

  • Plimsoll shot a look of contempt at Butch, making the proposal.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • "I suppose you'd be jealous if we stuck around," said Butch, leering now at Molly.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • But Blackbeard must have caught the shine of Butch's barrel.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

British Dictionary definitions for butch


  1. (of a woman or man) markedly or aggressively masculine
  1. a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
  2. a strong rugged man

Word Origin

C18: back formation from butcher
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for butch


"tough youth," 1902, first attested in nickname of U.S. outlaw George Cassidy (1866-?), probably an abbreviation of butcher (n.). Sense of "aggressive lesbian" is 1940s.

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