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noun, plural but·ties. British Dialect.
  1. a slice of bread and butter.
  2. a sandwich.

Origin of butty1

First recorded in 1850–55; butt(er) + -y2


or but·tie

noun, plural but·ties. British Dialect.
  1. a fellow worker or friend, especially in a coal mine.

Origin of butty2

First recorded in 1780–90; origin obscure
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Examples from the Web for butty

Historical Examples

  • He thought perhaps the butty would let him go down with his Davy lamp.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • But Alfred Charlesworth did not forgive the butty these public-house sayings.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • Butty is the word used by miners to denote helper or partner.

    Derrick Sterling

    Kirk Monroe

  • "It's Bill Thomas' butty," one of the party said in surprise.

    Down the Slope

    James Otis

  • Butty, a word used in the mining districts to denote a kind of overseer.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for butty


noun plural -ties
  1. mainly Northern English dialect a sandwicha jam butty

Word Origin

C19: from buttered (bread)


noun plural -ties
  1. English dialect (esp in mining parlance) a friend or workmate

Word Origin

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 butty


"slice of bread and butter," 1855, northern English, from butter (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper