noun (used with a singular verb) Chiefly British.
Origin of buttons
- a young or undeveloped mushroom.
- any protuberant part of a fungus.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- Also button one's lip.to become or keep silent.
- to fasten securely; close up: Within a short time, everything on the submarine was buttoned up.
- to fasten fully or put on, especially an outer garment: Button up before going out.
- to complete successfully; finish: The report is all buttoned up.
Origin of button
Related Words for buttonsknob, switch, dial, fastening, catch, frog, clasp, stud, tuner, toggle, adjuster
Examples from the Web for buttons
Contemporary Examples of buttons
She checks the buttons to make sure that they are all tightly fastened.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
“I had just wiped the buttons down with some alcohol swipes,” the employee said.
Just the other day, the employee watched another mother freak out after her daughter licked some of the buttons in an elevator.
And she wore the buttons we finally found in the fabric store.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
I get to push the buttons and see how they respond, and then try to inform their responses in a positive way.Porn's Behind-the-Camera Feminists
February 26, 2014
Historical Examples of buttons
Her name is not Buttons; she is not in the least a contemptible nor entirely a comic figure.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I knows that, Mahs William; but right is right, and I gwine to pay for them buttons.Southern Lights and Shadows
This, like the desk, was equipped with numerous dials, buttons and levers.
He fumbled mechanically at the buttons of his cassock, which seemed to him all disarranged.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
There came a tap at the door, and in walked a boy in buttons.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Word Origin for button
c.1300 (surname Botouner "button-maker" attested from mid-13c.), from Old French boton "a button," originally "a bud" (12c., Modern French bouton), from bouter, boter "to thrust," common Romanic (cf. Spanish boton, Italian bottone), ultimately from Germanic (see butt (v.)). Thus a button is, etymologically, something that pushes up, or thrusts out.
Meaning "point of the chin" is pugilistic slang, by 1921. A button as something you push to create an effect by closing an (electrical) circuit is attested from 1840s. Button-pusher as "deliberately annoying or provocative person" is attested by 1990 (in reference to Bill Gates, in "InfoWorld" magazine, Nov. 19). In the 1980s it meant "photographer."
late 14c., "to furnish with buttons;" early 15c., "to fasten with buttons" (of a garment,) from button (n.) or from Old French botoner (Modern French boutonner), from boton (n.). Related: Buttoned; buttoning. Button-down (adj.) in reference to shirt collars is from 1916.
In addition to the idioms beginning with button
- button one's lip
- button up
- cute as a button
- have all one's buttons
- on the button
- push (press) someone's buttons
- push the panic button