but·tock | \ˈbə-tək also -(ˌ)täk \

Definition of buttock 

1 : the back of a hip that forms one of the fleshy parts on which a person sits

2 buttocks plural

a : the seat of the body

b : rump sense 1a

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In one incident, a patient complained that Augustus struck her on the buttocks during an appointment in 2015, and even kept the crop and a whip on display in her office, according to WREG. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Psychiatrist whipped her patients with a riding crop and called them 'mules', officials say," 18 June 2018 Herpes may also show up as sores on the skin of the buttocks. Isadora Baum, Health.com, "4 Places You Can Get an STI—Besides Your Vagina," 29 May 2018 Another defendant said Moore grabbed her on the buttocks in 1992 and a Gadsden male who has friendships with two of the women who made accusations against Moore. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "Roy Moore cracks the door on running for office again," 3 May 2018 Brazilian bums are more beautiful in their natural state, says the man who founded the BumBum pageant to find the best buttocks in Brazil where, culturally speaking, large, round, female bottoms are revered. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Brazilian butts should not be like Kim Kardashian's, says Miss BumBum pageant founder | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 Daniels was also accused of fondling the third officer’s buttocks and breasts. Marilyn Icsman, Cincinnati.com, "Stormy Daniels: Her crazy 48 hours in Ohio," 13 July 2018 Some of the incidents allegedly involved Franken groping women's buttocks and breasts. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The legal difference between sexual misconduct, assault, and harassment, explained," 25 May 2018 Burns covered her hands and arms, one side of her torso, her buttocks and legs, front and back. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Badly burned girl hopes to meet Taylor Swift after taking strength in her music," 2 May 2018 Science reported that the alleged harassment occurred from 1976 to 2016 and involved such things as forced kissing, pinched buttocks and the touching of women’s breasts. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Eight women say they were sexually harassed by Salk researcher Inder Verma," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of buttock

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buttock

Middle English buttok — more at butt

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English Language Learners Definition of buttock

: either of the two soft parts of the body that a person sits on


but·tock | \ˈbə-tək \

Kids Definition of buttock

1 : the back of the hip which forms one of the rounded parts on which a person sits

2 buttocks plural : rump sense 1


but·tock | \ˈbət-ək \

Medical Definition of buttock 

1 : the back of a hip that forms one of the fleshy parts on which a person sits

2 buttocks plural : the seat of the body also : the corresponding part of a quadruped : rump

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