- Present participle of butterfly.
Variant of butterfly
- any of various families of lepidopteran insects active in the daytime, having a sucking mouthpart, slender body, ropelike, knobbed antennae, and four broad, usually brightly colored, membranous wings
- a person, esp. a woman, thought of as flitting about like a butterfly and being frivolous, fickle, etc.
- butterfly stroke
- a contest in which each contestant uses a butterfly stroke
Origin of butterflyMiddle English buterflie ; from Old English buttorfleoge (see butter and amp; fly): in folklore, it is thought to steal milk or butter
resembling a butterfly, esp. in having parts that are spread out like wings: butterfly chair, butterfly table
butterflies (in one's stomach)
an uneasy feeling, as in the abdomen, caused esp. by nervous anticipation