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noun Slang.
  1. phenylbutazone.

Origin of bute

First recorded in 1965–70; by shortening


  1. Also Bute·shire [byoot-sheer, -sher] /ˈbyut ʃɪər, -ʃər/. a historic county in SW Scotland, composed of three islands in the Firth of Clyde.
  2. an island in the Firth of Clyde, in SW Scotland: part of the county Bute. 50 sq. mi. (130 sq. km).
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Historical Examples

  • I talked with young Bute during our walk about domestic architecture in general.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • We left at half-past six, and took Bute back with us to supper.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • And I can see with half an eye the bute is on t'other fut, Depper.

    A Sheaf of Corn

    Mary E. Mann

  • But Grenville had no mind to be a puppet either of the king or of Bute.

  • By treating him in this way the king and Bute kept him subservient.

British Dictionary definitions for bute


  1. an island off the coast of SW Scotland, in Argyll and Bute council area: situated in the Firth of Clyde, separated from the Cowal peninsula by the Kyles of Bute . Chief town: Rothesay. Pop: 7228 (2001). Area: 121 sq km (47 sq miles)


  1. John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. 1713–92, British Tory statesman; prime minister (1762–63)
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