[ buht-uhk ]
/ ˈbʌt ək /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: buttock / buttocks on Thesaurus.com


Usually buttocks.
  1. (in humans) either of the two fleshy protuberances forming the lower and back part of the trunk.
  2. (in animals) the rump.
Sometimes buttocks. Nautical. the aftermost portion of a hull above the water line and in front of the rudder, merging with the run below the water line.



Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of buttock

before 1000; Middle English buttok,Old English buttuc.See butt1, -ock
buttocked, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for buttock

/ (ˈbʌtək) /


either of the two large fleshy masses of thick muscular tissue that form the human rumpSee also gluteus Related adjectives: gluteal, natal
the analogous part in some mammals
C13: perhaps from Old English buttuc round slope, diminutive of butt (unattested) strip of land; see butt 1 -ock
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

Medical definitions for buttock

[ bŭtək ]


Either of the two rounded prominences on the human torso that are posterior to the hips and formed by the gluteal muscles and underlying structures.
buttocks The rear pelvic area of the human body.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Hate Typos? Get Grammar Coach