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butch

[ booch ]
/ bʊtʃ /
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noun
Slang.
  1. a woman or girl, especially a lesbian or transgender woman, who embraces identity markers that are associated with traditional expressions of masculinity, as clothing, hairstyle, interests, or behaviors.
  2. a gay man who embraces identity markers that are associated with normative expressions of masculinity.
  3. any person who adopts a masculine appearance, manner, or persona.
Informal. butch haircut.
adjective
Slang.
  1. (of a girl or woman) having identity markers usually associated with traditional expressions of masculinity.
  2. (of a boy or man) decidedly masculine in manner or appearance.
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Origin of butch

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

Other definitions for butch (2 of 2)

Butch
[ booch ]
/ 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
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