[ booch-er ]
/ ˈbʊtʃ ər /


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.

verb (used with object)

Origin of butcher

1250–1300; Middle English bocher < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)chier, equivalent to bo(u)c he-goat (< Gaulish *bucco-; compare Old Irish boc, Welsh bwch; akin to buck1) + -ier -ier2 (see -er2)

Related forms

butch·er·er, nounun·butch·ered, adjective

Definition for butcher (2 of 2)


[ boo ch ]
/ bʊtʃ /


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


  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.

Origin of butch

First recorded in 1940–45; apparently from the proper name
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British Dictionary definitions for butcher (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbʊtʃə) /


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

verb (tr)

Word Origin for butcher

C13: from Old French bouchier, from bouc he-goat, probably of Celtic origin; see buck 1; compare Welsh bwch he-goat

British Dictionary definitions for butcher (2 of 2)


/ (bʊtʃ) slang /


(of a woman or man) markedly or aggressively masculine


a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
a strong rugged man

Word Origin for butch

C18: back formation from butcher
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