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butt

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verb \ˈbət\

Definition of butt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to thrust or push headfirst :  strike with the head or horns

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to strike or shove with the head or horns

butt heads

  1. :  to come into conflict



Origin and Etymology of butt

Middle English, from Anglo-French buter, boter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bōzan to beat — more at beat


First Known Use: 13th century


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butt

noun

Definition of butt

  1. :  a blow or thrust usually with the head or horns



1647

First Known Use of butt

1647


3

butt

noun

Definition of butt

  1. 1 :  a large cask especially for wine, beer, or water

  2. 2 :  any of various units of liquid capacity; especially :  a measure equal to 108 imperial gallons (491 liters)



Origin and Etymology of butt

Middle English, from Anglo-French but, bout, from Old Occitan bota, from Late Latin buttis


First Known Use: 14th century


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butt

noun

Definition of butt

  1. 1 a :  a backstop (as a mound or bank) for catching missiles shot at a target b :  target c plural :  range 5c d :  a blind for shooting birds

  2. 2 a obsolete :  limit, bound b archaic :  goal <here is my journey's end, here is my butt — Shakespeare>

  3. 3 :  an object of abuse or ridicule :  victim <the butt of all their jokes>



Origin and Etymology of butt

Middle English, partly from Middle French but target, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse būtr log, Low German butt blunt; partly from Middle French bute goal, target, mound, from but target


First Known Use: 14th century


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butt

noun

Definition of butt

  1. 1 :  buttocks —often used as a euphemism for ass in idiomatic expressions <get your butt over here> <kick butt> <saved our butts>

  2. 2 :  the large or thicker end part of something: a :  a lean upper cut of the pork shoulder b :  the base of a plant from which the roots spring c :  the thicker or handle end of a tool or weapon

  3. 3 a :  an unused remainder (as of a cigarette or cigar) b slang :  cigarette

  4. 4 :  the part of a hide or skin corresponding to the animal's back and sides



Origin and Etymology of butt

Middle English; probably akin to Middle English buttok buttock, Low German butt blunt


First Known Use: 15th century


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butt

verb

Definition of butt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  abut —used with on or against

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to place end to end or side to side without overlapping

  5. 2 :  to trim or square off (as a log) at the end

  6. 3 :  to reduce (as a cigarette) to a butt by stubbing or stamping



Origin and Etymology of butt

partly from 4butt, partly from 5butt


First Known Use: 1634



BUTT Defined for Kids

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butt

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noun \ˈbət\

Definition of butt for Students

  1. :  a target of ridicule or hurtful humor <He became the butt of their jokes.>




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butt

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noun

Definition of butt for Students

  1. 1 :  the part of the body on which a person sits

  2. 2 :  the thicker or bottom end of something <the butt of a rifle>

  3. 3 :  an unused remainder <a cigarette butt>




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butt

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verb

Definition of butt for Students

butted

butting

  1. :  to strike or thrust with the head or horns

butt in

  1. :  to intrude on someone else's activity or conversation




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butt

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noun

Definition of butt for Students

  1. :  a blow or thrust with the head or horns




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