\ ˈbu̇ch How to pronounce butch (audio) \

Definition of butch

1 : notably or deliberately masculine in appearance or manner
2 : closely cropped a butch haircut

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Other Words from butch

butch noun
butchness noun

Examples of butch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Renegades," 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, "Dance / Film / On Video Joan Crawford shines in five Hollywood classics," 26 June 2018 In this context, Jack feels welcome: Who said only butch gay men should be stars? Willa Paskin, Slate Magazine, "Because now it’s a sharp comedy about white, moneyed, liberal hypocrisy.," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of butch

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for butch

probably from Butch, male nickname

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of butch

sometimes offensive : having a very masculine appearance and way of behaving
of hair : cut very short

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