button

[ buht-n ]
/ ˈbʌt n /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

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
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British Dictionary definitions for on the button

button

/ (ˈbʌtən) /

noun

verb

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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Medicine definitions for on the button

button

[ bŭtn ]

n.

A knoblike structure, device, or lesion.
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Idioms and Phrases with on the button (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with on the button (2 of 2)

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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