[ buht-er-bawl ]
/ ˈbʌt ərˌbɔl /


Northeastern U.S. the bufflehead.
Informal. a chubby person.
an individual serving of butter shaped into a small sphere.


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Origin of butterball

First recorded in 1930–35; butter + ball1
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Example sentences from the Web for butterball

  • It was black-and-white-spotted and fat as a butterball, she and the little Bococks bragged.

    Blue Ridge Country|Jean Thomas

British Dictionary definitions for butterball

/ (ˈbʌtəˌbɔːl) /

noun US

another name for bufflehead
informal, derogatory a chubby or fat person
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