- The definition of abut is to touch or be next to something.
An example of abut is the shoulder that borders a road.
A hillside abuts the road.
abut definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English aboutien ; from Old French abouter, to join end to end ; from a-, to plush bout, end
abut definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb a·but·ted, a·but·ting, a·buts verb, intransitive
- To border upon or end at; be next to.
- To support as an abutment.
Origin: Middle English abutten, from Old French abouter, to border on (a-, to from Latin ad-; see ad- + bouter, to strike; see bhau- in Indo-European roots) and from Old French abuter, to end at (from but, end; see butt4).
- a·butˈter noun
abut - Legal Definition