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butcher

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noun butch·er \ˈbu̇-chər\

Definition of butcher

  1. 1a :  a person who slaughters animals or dresses their fleshb :  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 in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of butcher

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


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butcher

verb butch·er

Definition of butcher

butchered

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butchering

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 in a Sentence

  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.

First Known Use of butcher

1562



BUTCHER Defined for English Language Learners

butcher

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noun

Definition of butcher for English Language Learners

  • : 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

butcher

verb

Definition of butcher for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


BUTCHER Defined for Kids

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butcher

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noun butch·er \ˈbu̇-chər\

Definition of butcher for Students

  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 for Students

butchered

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butchering

  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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