butter knife

  1. a small knife with a dull blade, for cutting, serving, or spreading butter.

Origin of butter knife

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby butter knife

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How to use butter knife in a sentence

  • "It's my practice to mix the bitter with the sweet," said the doctor, waving the butter-knife.

    Prudy Keeping House | Sophie May
  • My mother went to housekeeping with six teaspoons and a butter-knife, and thought herself rich.

    Fernley House | Laura E. Richards
  • His “Merry Christmas” to Mrs. Purtett was followed up by a ravished kiss and the gift of a silver butter-knife.

  • Lieutenant Defoe gestured expressively with a butter knife in one hand and a piece of roll in the other.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk | Robert Sydney Bowen