[ 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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of butch

First recorded in 1940–45; apparently from the proper name

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British Dictionary definitions for butchest


/ (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 butchest



"tough youth," 1902, first attested in nickname of U.S. outlaw George Cassidy (1866-?), probably an abbreviation of butcher (n.). Sense of "aggressive lesbian" is 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper