\ 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

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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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