[ 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)

Nearby words

  1. butanol,
  2. butanone,
  3. butazolidin,
  4. butch,
  5. butch haircut,
  6. butcher bird,
  7. butcher block,
  8. butcher knife,
  9. butcher linen,
  10. butcher paper

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


[ 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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/ (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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for butcher
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