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butch

[ boo ch ]
/ bʊtʃ /
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noun

butch haircut.
Slang. a lesbian, especially one notably masculine in manner or appearance.

adjective

Slang.
  1. (of a girl or woman) having traits of personality, dress, behavior, or appearance usually associated with males.
  2. (of a male) decidedly or exaggeratedly masculine in manner or appearance.

RELATED WORDS

macho, male, manly, masculine, hoydenish, tomboyish, unfeminine

Nearby words

butane, butanoic acid, butanol, butanone, butazolidin, butch, butch haircut, butcher, butcher bird, butcher block, butcher knife

Origin of butch

First recorded in 1940–45; apparently from the proper name

Definition for butch (2 of 2)

Butch

[ boo ch ]
/ bʊtʃ /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for butch

butch

/ (bʊtʃ) slang /

adjective

(of a woman or man) markedly or aggressively masculine

noun

a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
a strong rugged man

Word Origin for butch

C18: back formation from butcher
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for butch

butch


n.

"tough youth," 1902, first attested in nickname of U.S. outlaw George Cassidy (1866-?), probably an abbreviation of butcher (n.). Sense of "aggressive lesbian" is 1940s.

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