[ 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)
to slaughter or dress (animals, fish, or poultry) for market.
to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
to bungle; botch: to butcher a job.
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Origin of butcher
Related formsbutch·er·er, nounun·butch·ered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for butcher's (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbʊtʃəz) /
British slang a look
Word Origin for butcher's
C19: rhyming slang
British Dictionary definitions for butcher's (2 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
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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