[boo ch-er-lee]


like, or characteristic of, a butcher.

Origin of butcherly

First recorded in 1505–15; butcher + -ly
Related formsbutch·er·li·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for butcherly

Historical Examples of butcherly

  • Will they remove the only motive which could bring me to the butcherly spectacle of their combat?

    The Fair Maid of Perth

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Butcherly blockheads in these high places, and himself lying sick and powerless, unable to lift a hand for the cause he loved.

  • We'll give them the slip yet, and hang that butcherly thief-taker upon his own gibbet.