- a retail or wholesale dealer in meat.
- a person who slaughters certain animals, or who dresses the flesh of animals, fish, or poultry, for food or market.
- a person guilty of brutal or indiscriminate slaughter or murder.
- a vendor who hawks newspapers, candy, beverages, etc., as on a train, at a stadium, etc.
- to slaughter or dress (animals, fish, or poultry) for market.
- to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
- to bungle; botch: to butcher a job.
Origin of butcher
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Examples from the Web for butchered
And treated with more dignity and kindness than the viable newborns he butchered and discarded.Kermit Gosnell Found Guilty of Murdering Three Babies
May 13, 2013
We buy meat for ourselves that is humanely raised and butchered (when we can).Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Only because you were butchered in terrible anger —O you lost God!Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us
May 31, 2012
Nay, he would not be butchered like a bird on a bough, he would fall fighting.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Wonder you hadn't riz up off that sand and butchered me where I stood.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
And if you will, you may claim your rights against me and butcher me as you butchered him.The Sea-Hawk
"We can't leave the wounded to be butchered," was the reply.For the Liberty of Texas
Where are the bodies of the thousands that have been butchered?A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'
Moulavi Gergh Ali
- a retailer of meat
- a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
- an indiscriminate or brutal murderer
- a person who destroys, ruins, or bungles something
- to slaughter or dress (animals) for meat
- to kill indiscriminately or brutally
- to make a mess of; botch; ruin
Word Origin and History for butchered
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.
1560s, from butcher (n.). Related: Butchered; butchering. Re-nouned 1640s as butcherer.