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butcher

[boo ch-er] /ˈbʊtʃ ər/
noun
1.
a retail or wholesale dealer in meat.
2.
a person who slaughters certain animals, or who dresses the flesh of animals, fish, or poultry, for food or market.
3.
a person guilty of brutal or indiscriminate slaughter or murder.
4.
a vendor who hawks newspapers, candy, beverages, etc., as on a train, at a stadium, etc.
verb (used with object)
5.
to slaughter or dress (animals, fish, or poultry) for market.
6.
to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
7.
to bungle; botch:
to butcher a job.
Origin of butcher
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bocher < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)chier, equivalent to bo(u)c he-goat (< Gaulish *bucco-; compare Old Irish boc, Welsh bwch; akin to buck1) + -ier -ier2 (see -er2)
Related forms
butcherer, noun
unbutchered, adjective
Synonyms
3. killer, cutthroat. 5, 6. See slaughter.
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  • But she was still their idol, and Chukkers had butchered her before their eyes.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • Men were butchered in the embraces of their wives, children in the arms of their mothers.

  • In one spot a chalky seam cropping out was soaked with blood from the butchered game.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • The island of Kossos was next captured; and its inhabitants were butchered.

  • The reason is, that he may be surprised by an enemy through his means, and butchered in his sleep.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • They were butchered after making a feast for Cornstalk and his warriors.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • My mother alone was a Tzigana, and my mother's beauty was part of the spoils of those who butchered your soldiers?

    Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie
British Dictionary definitions for butchered

butcher

/ˈbʊtʃə/
noun
1.
a retailer of meat
2.
a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
3.
an indiscriminate or brutal murderer
4.
a person who destroys, ruins, or bungles something
verb (transitive)
5.
to slaughter or dress (animals) for meat
6.
to kill indiscriminately or brutally
7.
to make a mess of; botch; ruin
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bouchier, from bouc he-goat, probably of Celtic origin; see buck1; compare Welsh bwch he-goat
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Word Origin and History for butchered

butcher

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French boucher, from Old French bochier "butcher, executioner" (12c., Modern French boucher), probably literally "slaughterer of goats," from bouc "male goat," from Frankish *bukk or some other Germanic source (see buck (n.1)) or Celtic *bukkos "he-goat." Figurative sense of "brutal murderer" is attested from 1520s. Butcher-knife attested from 18c. Related: Butcherly.

v.

1560s, from butcher (n.). Related: Butchered; butchering. Re-nouned 1640s as butcherer.

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Slang definitions & phrases for butchered

butcher

noun

  1. A surgeon, esp an incompetent one (mid1800s+)
  2. A brutal and sanguinary ruler: They called Bokassa a worse butcher than Amin (1529+)
  3. : As a carpenter I'm a butcher

verb

To do crudely and clumsily what should be done with finesse: I butcher their language/ I try to paint but butcher the canvas (1640s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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