the fatty portion of milk, separating as a soft whitish or yellowish solid when milk or cream is agitated or churned.
this substance, processed for cooking and table use.
any of various other soft spreads for bread: apple butter; peanut butter.
any of various substances of butterlike consistency, as various metallic chlorides, and certain vegetable oils solid at ordinary temperatures.
to put butter on or in; spread or grease with butter.
to apply a liquefied bonding material to (a piece or area), as mortar to a course of bricks.
Metalworking. to cover (edges to be welded together) with a preliminary surface of the weld metal.
butter up, Informal. to flatter someone in order to gain a favor: He suspected that they were buttering him up when everyone suddenly started being nice to him.
- but·ter·less, adjective
- but·ter·like, adjective
- un·but·tered, adjective
- budder, butter
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How to use butter in a sentence
All the downsides of popcorn but none of the good butter grease.The Rise and Fall of the Rice Cake, America’s One-Time Favorite Health Snack | Brenna Houck | September 17, 2020 | Eater
Company-provided data show that while travelers are booking almost twice as many remote stays as last year, home rentals in urban markets—Airbnb’s bread and butter—are still struggling.Airbnb CEO: The pandemic will force us to see more of the world, not less | Verne Kopytoff | September 7, 2020 | Fortune
A 19th-century Pennsylvania Dutch doctor’s manual instructs its reader to inscribe the square in butter smeared on a piece of bread and eat it as a cure for rabies.The ancient palindrome that explains Christopher Nolan’s Tenet | Alissa Wilkinson | September 4, 2020 | Vox
The consumer piece was easier to fix—sell, don’t store, the butter.Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford explains why farmers need broadband | Ellen McGirt | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
It is the large quantities of salt and the sodium in the butters that are used to season them that can lead to high blood pressure.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding | Carla Hall | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While the beans are cooling and drying, melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole | Carla Hall | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“butter has always been a healthy part of the diet in almost every culture; butter is a traditional food,” Asprey says.
Now, his new book “The Bulletproof Diet,” claims to offer a weight loss solution that lets you have your butter, and eat it too.
By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn butter is making a comeback—and it has nothing to do with Paula Deen.
The sailors sometimes use it to fry their meat, for want of butter, and find it agreeable enough.
You see, they always butter their chairs so that they won't stick fast when they sit down.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
The former, in its frozen state, somewhat resembled hard butter.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
He shall eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Your electro-plated butter-dish, or whatever it's going to be, will be simply flung back at you.First Plays | A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for butter
an edible fatty whitish-yellow solid made from cream by churning, for cooking and table use
(as modifier): butter icing Related adjective: butyraceous
any substance with a butter-like consistency, such as peanut butter or vegetable butter
look as if butter wouldn't melt in one's mouth to look innocent, although probably not so
to put butter on or in
- See also butter up
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with butter
In addition to the idioms beginning with butter
- butter up
- butter wouldn't melt in one's mouth
- bread and butter
- bread-and-butter letter
- know which side of bread is buttered
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.