- The definition of a butt is the end of something, or is short for the buttocks.
- An example of butt is the end of a cigarette.
- An example of butt is the part of the body on which people sit.
- the thick end of anything, as of a whip handle, rifle stock, etc.
- the remaining end of anything; stub; stump; specif., the stub of a smoked cigarette or cigar
Origin of butt? infl. by Fr butte, mound < OFr buter a mound of earth, bales of straw, etc. behind a target, for receiving fired rounds or shot arrows
- a target
- a target range
- a hole in the ground used as a blind by hunters of fowl
- an object of ridicule or criticism
- Slang a cigarette
- Informal the buttocks
- a limit
- a goal
- Tanning the part of a hide or pelt that covered the animal's backside
Origin of butt; from several bases, variously confused in eastern; English or Fr: Middle English but, butte, thick end, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Old Norse būtr, block of wood, Dutch bot, stumpy, stocky, or uncertain or unknown; perhaps ; from Old French bout, end ; from buter (see butt); Middle English but, target, boundary ; from Middle French bout, aim, goal, ; from abuter, to aim ; from à, at (; from Classical Latin ad) + but, goal (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps )
- to strike or push with the head or horns; ram with the head
- to strike or bump against
- to abut on
- to make abut: (on, upon, or against)
Origin of buttMiddle English butten, to drive, thrust ; from Old French buter (; from Frankish an unverified form botan), to thrust against: for Indo-European base see beat
- to make a butting motion
- to move or drive headfirst
- to stick out; project
- to abut
- a thrust with the head or horns
- a thrust in fencing
Origin of buttME; prob. < OFr buter, or < the v.
butt inor butt into☆
- a large barrel or cask, as for wine or beer
- a measure of liquid capacity equal to 126 gal or two hogsheads (108 imperial gal)
Origin of buttMiddle English butte ; from Old French botte ; from Medieval Latin butta ; from Late Latin buttis, cask
Origin of buttMiddle English butte, but; probably ; from Middle Low German butte (from source Swedish butta, Dutch bot, German butte) ; from adjective butte, lumpy: akin to butt
verbbutt·ed, butt·ing, butts
- To hit or push something with the head or horns.
- To project forward or out.
Origin of buttMiddle English butten, from Old French bouter, to strike, of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
tr. & intr.v.butt·ed, butt·ing, butts
- A butt joint.
- A butt hinge.
Origin of buttMiddle English butten, from Anglo-Norman butter (variant of Old French bouter; see butt1) and from but, end; see butt4.
- One that serves as an object of ridicule or contempt: I was the butt of their jokes.
- a. A target, as in archery or riflery.b. butts A target range.c. An obstacle behind a target for stopping the shot.
- An embankment or hollow used as a blind by hunters of wildfowl.
- a. Archaic A goal.b. Obsolete A bound; a limit.
Origin of buttMiddle English butte, target, from Old French, from but, goal, end, target; see butt4.
- The larger or thicker end of an object: the butt of a rifle.
- a. An unburned end, as of a cigarette.b. Informal A cigarette.
- A short or broken remnant; a stub.
- Informal The buttocks; the rear end.
Origin of buttMiddle English butte, from Old French but, end, of Germanic origin.
- A large cask.
- A unit of volume equal to two hogsheads, usually the equivalent of 126 US gallons (about 477 liters).
Origin of buttMiddle English, from Old French boute, from Late Latin *buttia, variant of buttis.
- (slang) The buttocks. (used as a euphemism; less objectionable than arse/ass)
- Get up off your butt and get to work.
- (slang) The whole buttocks and pelvic region that includes one's private parts.
- I can see your butt.
- When the woman in the dress was sitting with her legs up, I could see up her butt.
- (slang, pejorative) Body; self.
- Get your butt to the car.
- We can't chat today. I have to get my butt to work before I'm late.
- (slang) A used cigarette.
- The larger or thicker end of anything; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp end; as, the butt of a rifle. Formerly also spelled but.
- A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
- A mark to be shot at; a target.
- A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
- A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed.
- He's usually the butt of their jokes.
- A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head; a head butt.
- Be careful in the pen, that ram can knock you down with a butt.
- The hand-cuffed suspect gave the officer a desperate butt in the chest.
- A thrust in fencing.
- (lacrosse) The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to reduce injury.
- The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
- The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
- (mechanical) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; – also called a butt joint.
- (carpentry) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc., so named because it is attached to the inside edge of the door and butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
- (shipbuilding) The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
- (leather trades) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
- The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
- (English units) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons which is one-half tun; equivalent to the pipe.
- A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.
- Any of various flatfish such as sole, plaice or turbot
From Middle English but, butte (“goal, mark, butt of land”), from Old English byt, bytt (“small piece of land”) and *butt (attested in diminutive buttuc (“end, small piece of land”) > English buttock), from Proto-Germanic *butaz, *buttaz (“end, piece”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudnó-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰaud-, *bʰed-, *bʰau- (“to beat, push”). Cognate with Norwegian butt (“stump, block”), Icelandic bútur (“piece, fragment”), Low German butt (“blunt, clumsy”). Influenced by Old French but, butte (“but, mark”), ultimately from the same Germanic source. Related to beat, boot.
(third-person singular simple present butts, present participle butting, simple past and past participle butted)
From Middle English butten, from Anglo-Norman buter, boter (“to push, butt, strike”), from Old Frankish *bōtan (“to hit, beat”), from Proto-Germanic *bautaną (“to beat, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰÀud-, *bʰÀu- (“to beat, push, strike”). Cognate with Old English bēatan (“to beat”). More at beat.