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Monday, July 02, 2018

Definitions for buttery

  1. grossly flattering; smarmy.
  2. like, containing, or spread with butter.
  3. resembling butter, as in smoothness or softness of texture: a vest of buttery leather.

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Citations for buttery
Once Maloney began speaking there seemed no end to the words that poured from his whiskered lips, buttery words, words unreliable, words from which all sincerity had been drained to be replaced by a jovial condescension. Ralph McInerny, Celt and Pepper, 2002
His face adorned by a seraphic, buttery smile, he stood unmoved, while Miss Higglesby-Browne uttered cyclonic exhortations and reproaches ... Camilla E. L. Kenyon, "Spanish Doubloons," Sunset: The Pacific Monthly, March 1918
Origin of buttery
1350-1400
The adjective buttery in the Middle Ages meant “containing butter”; by the 18th century it acquired additional meanings “having the consistency of butter; smeared with butter”; and in the mid-19th century the sense “grossly flattering, smarmy.” Butter, the noun from which buttery derives, is a borrowing of the Latin word būtȳrum “butter,” itself a borrowing from Greek boútyron “butter,” literally “cow cheese.” Būtȳrum was adopted by the West Germanic languages, e.g., Old English butere, English butter, Dutch boter, Old High German butera, and German Butter. Buttery entered English in the 14th century.