- 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.
butt definition by Webster's New World
- 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: ? infl. by Fr butte, mound < OFr butera 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: ; 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) plush 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: Middle 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: ME; prob. < OFr buter, or < the v.
- 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: Middle English butte ; from Old French botte ; from Midieval Latin butta ; from Late Latin buttis, cask
Origin: Middle English butte, but; probably ; from Middle Low German butte (from source Swedish butta, Dutch bot, German butte) ; from adjective butte, lumpy: akin to butt
butt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb butt·ed, butt·ing, butts verb, transitive
- To hit or push something with the head or horns.
- To project forward or out.
Origin: Middle English butten, from Old French bouter, to strike, of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
- buttˈer noun
tr. & intr.v. butt·ed, butt·ing, butts
- A butt joint.
- A butt hinge.
Origin: Middle 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: Middle 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: Middle 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 U.S. gallons (about 477 liters).
Origin: Middle English, from Old French boute, from Late Latin *buttia, variant of buttis.
butt - Phrases/Idioms
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