button

[buht-n]
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be capable of being buttoned: This coat buttons, but that one zips.

Nearby words

  1. buttinsky,
  2. buttle,
  3. buttock,
  4. buttock-clenching,
  5. buttocks,
  6. button ear,
  7. button man,
  8. button mangrove,
  9. button one's lip,
  10. button quail

Idioms

Origin of button

1275–1325; Middle English boto(u)n < Anglo-French: rosehip, button, stud; Middle French boton, equivalent to boter to butt3 + -on noun suffix

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for have all one's buttons

button

noun

a disc or knob of plastic, wood, etc, attached to a garment, etc, usually for fastening two surfaces together by passing it through a buttonhole or loop
a small round object, such as any of various sweets, decorations, or badges
a small disc that completes an electric circuit when pushed, as one that operates a doorbell or machine
a symbolic representation of a button on the screen of a computer that is notionally depressed by manipulating the mouse to initiate an action
biology any rounded knoblike part or organ, such as an unripe mushroom
fencing the protective knob fixed to the point of a foil
a small amount of metal, usually lead, with which gold or silver is fused, thus concentrating it during assaying
the piece of a weld that pulls out during the destructive testing of spot welds
rowing a projection around the loom of an oar that prevents it slipping through the rowlock
British an object of no value (esp in the phrase not worth a button)
slang intellect; mental capacity (in such phrases as a button short, to have all one's buttons, etc)
on the button informal exactly; precisely

verb

to fasten with a button or buttons
(tr) to provide with buttons
(tr) fencing to hit (an opponent) with the button of one's foil
button one's lip, button up one's lip, button one's mouth or button up one's mouth to stop talking: often imperative
See also buttons, button up

Derived Formsbuttoner, nounbuttonless, adjectivebuttony, adjective

Word Origin for button

C14: from Old French boton, from boter to thrust, butt, of Germanic origin; see butt ³

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Word Origin and History for have all one's buttons
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Medicine definitions for have all one's buttons

button

[bŭtn]

n.

A knoblike structure, device, or lesion.

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Idioms and Phrases with have all one's buttons

have all one's buttons

Also, have all one's marbles. Be completely sane and rational. For example, Grandma may be in a wheelchair, but she still has all her buttons, or I'm not sure he has all his marbles. These slangy expressions date from the mid-1800s, as do the antonyms lose or be missing some of one's buttons or marbles, meaning “become (or be) mentally deficient.”

button

In addition to the idioms beginning with button

  • button one's lip
  • button up

also see:

  • cute as a button
  • have all one's buttons
  • on the button
  • push (press) someone's buttons
  • push the panic button
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