butcher

[booch-er]
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noun

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

Synonyms for butcher

3. killer, cutthroat. 5, 6. See slaughter.
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British Dictionary definitions for butcher's

butcher's

butcher's hook

noun

British slang a look

Word Origin for butcher's

C19: rhyming slang

butcher

noun

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)

to slaughter or dress (animals) for meat
to kill indiscriminately or brutally
to make a mess of; botch; ruin

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
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Word Origin and History for butcher's

butcher

n.

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.

butcher

v.

1560s, from butcher (n.). Related: Butchered; butchering. Re-nouned 1640s as butcherer.

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