verb (used with object)
Origin of butter
Examples from the Web for butter
Contemporary Examples of butter
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
December 28, 2014
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
December 27, 2014
“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.
Add chocolate and butter to the bowl and melt, stirring to combine.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of butter
When nearly done, add some pieces of butter rolled in flour.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
If you want some butter it doesn't matter whether you buy it from Brown or Jones or Robinson.'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Simmer the flakes of two crabs and one-half of a chopped onion in butter.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book
From the springing of the grass till September, butter is made in great profusion.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
Simple sugar icings into which some butter is beaten may also be utilized to advantage in making French pastry of this kind.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- an edible fatty whitish-yellow solid made from cream by churning, for cooking and table use
- (as modifier)butter icing Related adjective: butyraceous
Word Origin for butter
Old English butere "butter," general West Germanic (cf. Old Frisian, Old High German butera, German Butter, Dutch boter), an early loan-word from Latin butyrum "butter" (source of Italian burro, Old French burre, French beurre), from Greek boutyron, perhaps literally "cow-cheese," from bous "ox, cow" (see cow (n.)) + tyros "cheese;" but this might be a folk etymology of a Scythian word.
The product was used from an early date in India, Iran and northern Europe, but not in ancient Greece and Rome. Herodotus described it (along with cannabis) among the oddities of the Scythians. Butter-knife attested from 1818.
Old English buterian "spread butter on," from the same source as butter (n.). Figurative meaning "to flatter lavishly" is by 1798 (with up (adv.), in Connelly's Spanish-English dictionary, p.413). Related: Buttered; buttering.
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