- a slice of bread and butter.
- a sandwich.
Origin of butty1
- a fellow worker or friend, especially in a coal mine.
Origin of butty2
First recorded in 1780–90; origin obscure
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- mainly Northern English dialect a sandwicha jam butty
C19: from buttered (bread)
- English dialect (esp in mining parlance) a friend or workmate
C19: perhaps from obsolete booty sharing, from boot ², later applied to a middleman in a mine
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Word Origin and History for buttie
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