Variant of butt
- 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: < several bases, variously confused in E or Fr: ME but, butte, thick end, ? akin to ON būtr, block of wood, Du bot, stumpy, stocky, or ? < OFr bout, end < buter (see butt); ME but, target, boundary < MFr bout, aim, goal, < abuter, to aim < à, at (< L ad) + but, goal (< ?)
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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