: notably or deliberately masculine in appearance or manner
: closely cropped
a butch haircut
butch noun
butchness noun

Examples of butch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe not as uniformly vivid as his sister, Bernadette — such a pretty name for such a tough broad, in Lea DeLaria’s priceless, super-butch performance — but vivid enough to be memorable. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 In her academic work, Butler argues that gender and sexuality are both constructed and performative; butch identity, as female masculinity, subverts the notion that masculinity is the natural and exclusive purview of the male body. Kerry Manders, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 With Mercedes McCambridge, unforgettable as Crawford's butch nemesis, as well as Ernest Borgnine, Scott Brady, John Carradine, Royal Dano, Ward Bond, and Ben Cooper. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, 26 June 2018 In this context, Jack feels welcome: Who said only butch gay men should be stars? Willa Paskin, Slate Magazine, 28 Sep. 2017

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Word History


probably from Butch, male nickname

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of butch was in 1939

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“Butch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butch. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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