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butt

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[ buht ]
/ bʌt /
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noun
the end or extremity of anything, especially the thicker, larger, or blunt end considered as a bottom, base, support, or handle, as of a log, fishing rod, or pistol.
an end that is not used or consumed; remnant: a cigar butt.
a lean cut of pork shoulder.
Slang. the buttocks.
Slang. a cigarette.
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Origin of butt

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English bott “(thick) end, buttock,” Old English butt “tree stump” (in placenames); akin to Swedish but “stump,” Danish but “stubby”; further origin uncertain; cf. buttock

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH butt

but, butt

Other definitions for butt (2 of 5)

butt2
[ buht ]
/ bʌt /

noun
verb (used without object)
to have an end or projection on; be adjacent to; abut.
verb (used with object)
to position or fasten an end (of something).
to place or join the ends (of two things) together; set end-to-end.

Origin of butt

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French but “target, goal,” probably ultimately from Old Norse bútr “stump, log” (from the use of a wooden block or stump as a target in archery, etc.); cf. butt1, butte

Other definitions for butt (3 of 5)

Origin of butt

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First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English butten, bouten, from Anglo-French buter, butter, Old French bouter, buter “to thrust, strike,” from Germanic; compare Old Norse bauta “to strike,” Middle Dutch botten “to strike, sprout”; cf. beat

Other definitions for butt (4 of 5)

butt4
[ buht ]
/ bʌt /

noun
a large cask for wine, beer, or ale.
any cask or barrel.
any of various units of capacity, usually considered equal to two hogsheads.

Origin of butt

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English but(t)e, bot(t), from Anglo-French bo(u)t(e); Middle French, from Old Provençal bota, from Late Latin butta, buttis, akin to Greek boût(t)is “vessel in the shape of a frustum of a cone” (of pre-Greek origin)

Other definitions for butt (5 of 5)

butt5

or but

[ buht ]
/ bʌt /

noun plural (especially collectively) butt, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) butts.
any of several flatfishes, especially the halibut.

Origin of butt

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English but(te), botte; cognate with Swedish butta “turbot,” German Butt “brill, turbot, flounder,” Dutch bot “flounder”
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How to use butt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for butt (1 of 5)

butt1
/ (bʌt) /

noun
the thicker or blunt end of something, such as the end of the stock of a rifle
the unused end of something, esp of a cigarette; stub
tanning the portion of a hide covering the lower backside of the animal
US and Canadian informal the buttocks
US a slang word for cigarette
building trades short for butt joint, butt hinge

Word Origin for butt

C15 (in the sense: thick end of something, buttock): related to Old English buttuc end, ridge, Middle Dutch bot stumpy

British Dictionary definitions for butt (2 of 5)

butt2
/ (bʌt) /

noun
a person or thing that is the target of ridicule, wit, etc
shooting archery
  1. a mound of earth behind the target on a target range that stops bullets or wide shots
  2. the target itself
  3. (plural) the target range
a low barrier, usually of sods or peat, behind which sportsmen shoot game birds, esp grouse
archaic goal; aim
verb
(usually foll by on or against) to lie or be placed end on to; abutto butt a beam against a wall

Word Origin for butt

C14 (in the sense: mark for archery practice): from Old French but; related to French butte knoll, target

British Dictionary definitions for butt (3 of 5)

butt3
/ (bʌt) /

verb
to strike or push (something) with the head or horns
(intr) to project; jut
(intr ; foll by in or into) to intrude, esp into a conversation; interfere; meddle
butt out informal, mainly US and Canadian to stop interfering or meddling
noun
a blow with the head or horns

Derived forms of butt

butter, noun

Word Origin for butt

C12: from Old French boter, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch botten to strike; see beat, button

British Dictionary definitions for butt (4 of 5)

butt4
/ (bʌt) /

noun
a large cask, esp one with a capacity of two hogsheads, for storing wine or beer
a US unit of liquid measure equal to 126 US gallons

Word Origin for butt

C14: from Old French botte, from Old Provençal bota, from Late Latin buttis cask, perhaps from Greek butinē chamber pot

British Dictionary definitions for butt (5 of 5)

Butt
/ (bʌt) /

noun
Dame Clara . 1872–1936, English contralto
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