verb (used with object)
- butch haircut,
- butcher bird,
- butcher block,
- butcher knife,
- butcher linen,
- butcher paper
Origin of butcher
- (of a girl or woman) having traits of personality, dress, behavior, or appearance usually associated with males.
- (of a male) decidedly or exaggeratedly masculine in manner or appearance.
Origin of butch
Examples from the Web for butcher
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 is against a gynecologist who lives comfortably in southern France, but is known in Rwanda as the “butcher of Tumba.”
One fateful night in 2009 a team of Navy SEALs grabbed the Butcher of Fallujah—and then everything went wrong.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah|Patrick Robinson|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Surely the butcher—warmed to generosity by the family patronage—would lend it for the great performance.Wappin' Wharf|Charles S. Brooks
Upon the floor where they intended to butcher them, a large quantity of sand was spread to receive the blood.Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen.|Dr. John Scudder
The witnesses on the side of the petition were a butcher woman, a barber's 'prentice, and two or three other inferior people.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
His companions had long ago declared that he was cut out for a surgeon—or a butcher, like his father.The Boys of Columbia High on the Gridiron|Graham B. Forbes
On the fourth day of January following she was sold to a butcher for ten dollars per cwt., estimated at 1,000 pounds.
Word Origin for butcher
Word Origin for butch
c.1300, from Anglo-French boucher, from Old French bochier "butcher, executioner" (12c., Modern French boucher), probably literally "slaughterer of goats," from bouc "male goat," from Frankish *bukk or some other Germanic source (see buck (n.1)) or Celtic *bukkos "he-goat." Figurative sense of "brutal murderer" is attested from 1520s. Butcher-knife attested from 18c. Related: Butcherly.
1560s, from butcher (n.). Related: Butchered; butchering. Re-nouned 1640s as butcherer.
"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.