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butcher

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noun butch·er \ˈbu̇-chər\

Simple Definition of butcher

  • : someone who cuts and sells meat in a shop

  • : someone who kills animals and prepares their meat to be eaten

  • : a shop that sells meat

Full Definition of butcher

  1. 1 a :  a person who slaughters animals or dresses their flesh b :  a dealer in meat

  2. 2 :  one that kills ruthlessly or brutally

  3. 3 :  one that bungles or botches

  4. 4 :  a vendor especially on trains or in theaters

Examples of butcher

  1. <the newest intern on the campaign is a butcher when it comes to writing press releases>



Origin of butcher

Middle English bocher, from Anglo-French, from buc he-goat, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish bocc he-goat — more at buck


First Known Use: 13th century


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butcher

verb butch·er

Simple Definition of butcher

  • : to kill (an animal) and prepare its meat for sale

  • : to kill (people or animals) in a brutal and cruel way

  • : to do (something) very badly : to make a mess of (something)

Full Definition of butcher

butch·eredbutch·er·ing play \ˈbu̇ch-riŋ, ˈbu̇-chə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to slaughter and dress for market <butcher hogs>

  3. 2 :  to kill in a barbarous manner

  4. 3 :  botch <butchered the play>

Examples of butcher

  1. They've hired someone to butcher the hogs.

  2. Many innocent people were butchered under his regime.

  3. The band has butchered my favorite song.



1562

First Known Use of butcher

1562



BUTCHER Defined for Kids

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butcher

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noun butch·er \ˈbu̇-chər\

Definition of butcher

  1. 1 :  a person whose business is killing animals for sale as food

  2. 2 :  a dealer in meat

  3. 3 :  a person who kills in large numbers or in a brutal manner




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butcher

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verb butch·er

Definition of butcher

butch·eredbutch·er·ing

  1. 1 :  to kill and prepare (an animal) for food

  2. 2 :  2massacre

  3. 3 :  to make a mess of :  botch <I let my mother cut my hair and she butchered it.>





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