a retail or wholesale dealer in meat.
a person who slaughters certain animals, or who dresses the flesh of animals, fish, or poultry, for food or market.
a person guilty of brutal or indiscriminate slaughter or murder.
a vendor who hawks newspapers, candy, beverages, etc., as on a train, at a stadium, etc.
to slaughter or dress (animals, fish, or poultry) for market.
to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
to bungle; botch: to butcher a job.
- butch·er·er, noun
- un·butch·ered, adjective
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How to use butcher in a sentence
Bill, full name William Poole, was a real life butcher, skilled with knives and raised in the art of street fighting.
They could fix things and grow things and work with animals and do medical things and butcher pigs and put up preserves.
His family ran a butcher shop in a part of town so tough that their specialty was broken leg of lamb.
It is sold by the pound, cut to order, and presented not on a plate but on a sheet of butcher paper.
One veteran tiger butcher, who was turned into the authorities, was reported to have killed more than ten tigers since 2007.Why Do Chinese Oligarchs Secretly Love Illegal Tiger Meat? | Jake Adelstein | March 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A was an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a butcher, and had a great dog.
A butcher's boy, running against a gentleman with his tray, made him exclaim, "The deuce take the tray!"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
She's too old for beef, or the butcher would; and she makes out to get her livin' without botherin' nobody much.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
For all his vaunted scorn of being a butcher at a price, now that he heard the price he seemed not half so scornful.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
A butcher scalds a hog to make the hair come off more easily (Bell).Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for butcher
a retailer of meat
a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
an indiscriminate or brutal murderer
a person who destroys, ruins, or bungles something
to slaughter or dress (animals) for meat
to kill indiscriminately or brutally
to make a mess of; botch; ruin
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