- 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 on the buttonrelevant, useful, convenient, applicable, apt, fitting, good, proper, pertinent, correct, opportune, true, germane, precise, appropriate, ideal, suitable, exact, related, admissible
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.
on the button
Exactly right, precisely, as in Her review of the book was right on the button, or We're supposed to be there at six o'clock on the button. This term may come from boxing, where a punch on the button means “a punch on the chin.” [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see on the dot.
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