but·​tock | \ ˈbə-tək also -(ˌ)täk How to pronounce buttock (audio) \

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

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One of the incidents included slapping the buttocks of a senior civilian Navy employee. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Bad Santa fallout: Pentagon IG chides admiral for emailing disciplined sailor," 28 Aug. 2019 The boy suffered noticeable cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, legs, hands and scrotum. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Making Sense of the NFL’s Controversial Decision to Not Suspend Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill," 19 July 2019 The swollen areas, even though people kind of interpret two of those areas as buttocks, there are five of them. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Let's Dive Into the Story of the 'Ravioli Starfish' That Looks Like a Stuffed-Pasta Shaped Wonder of the Sea," 11 July 2019 The 2-year-old had bruises and welts on his arms, back, buttocks and face. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio baby-sitter accused of beating children, causing back injuries," 11 July 2019 The National Federation of High Schools, the governing body for high school athletics in Alaska, simply states that female swimmers must cover their buttocks and breasts. oregonlive, "‘Wedgies happen’ -- Curvy girl swimmer disqualified after official judges school-issued suit too revealing," 10 Sep. 2019 The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where police learned he had been shot in the left buttocks and that his femur had been shattered, Salazar said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Man shot in buttocks outside apartment in Midtown," 1 Aug. 2019 Officers found the man was shot three times in the leg and buttocks. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man shot, wounded in home-invasion robbery; victim possibly targeted after social media post," 1 Aug. 2019 The 10-year-old was grazed in the leg and buttocks, the 14-year-old was grazed in the arm and the 15-year-old was grazed in both legs. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "‘He was shaking and scared’: 10-year-old boy, 2 cousins shot in East Garfield Park," 29 July 2019

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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 entry 1

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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 How to pronounce buttock (audio) \

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 How to pronounce buttock (audio) \

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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