But definition

bŭt; bət when unstressed
Contrary to expectation; yet.

She organized her work but accomplished very little. He is tired but happy.

conjunction
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(informal) Without the result that.

It never rains but it pours.

conjunction
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With the exception that; except that. Often used with that:

Would have joined the band but he couldn't spare the time; would have resisted but that they lacked courage.

conjunction
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(informal) That. Often used after a negative.

There is no doubt but right will prevail.

conjunction
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That ... not. Used after a negative or question.

There never is a tax law presented but someone will oppose it.

conjunction
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If not; unless.
conjunction
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Merely; just; only.

Hopes that lasted but a moment.

adverb
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Used as an intensive.

Get out of here but fast!

adverb
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On the contrary.

The plan caused not prosperity but ruin.

conjunction
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(informal) Than.

They had no sooner arrived but they turned around and left.

conjunction
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1
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A concern or objection.

My offer is final, no ifs, ands, or buts.

noun
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Containing a group of four carbon atoms.

Butyl.

prefix
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With the exception of; excepting; save [nobody came but me]
preposition
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Unless; except that.

It never rains but it pours.

conjunction
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(usage problem) Except.
preposition
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1
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But means except for, unless or on the contrary.

An example of but is to say everything except the kitchen sink.

conjunction
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But is defined as with the exception of.

An example of but is everyone aside from me.

preposition
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The definition of but is only or merely.

An example of but is there is just one president of the United States.

adverb
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Except; other than.

We cannot choose but (to) stay.

preposition
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And in spite of this; and even so; yet.

He is a villain, but he has some virtues.

conjunction
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And on the contrary.

I am old, but you are young.

conjunction
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That.

I don't question but you're correct.

conjunction
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That . . . not.

It's not so high but we can jump it.

conjunction
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Only.

If I had but known.

adverb
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Merely; no more than; not otherwise than.

He is but a child.

adverb
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Just.

I heard it but now.

adverb
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On the other hand; yet.
adverb
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(slang) Absolutely; positively.

He did it, but good.

adverb
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Who . . . not; which . . . not.

Not a man but felt it.

pronoun
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(scot.) The outer room, esp. the kitchen, of a cottage.
noun
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Without, apart from, except.

Everyone but Father left early.

I like everything but that.

preposition
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adverb
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(Australia) (conjunctive) Though, however.

I'll have to go home early but.

adverb
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Except (f), excluding. Preceded by a negation.

I have no choice but to leave.

conjunction
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On the contrary, but rather (introducing a word or clause that contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence without the not).

I am not rich but (I am) poor; not John but Peter went there.

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However, although, nevertheless (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).

She is very old but still attractive.

You told me I could do that, but she said that I could not.

conjunction
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Except that (introducing a subordinate clause which qualifies a negative statement); also, with omission of the subject of the subordinate clause, acting as a negative relative, "except one that", "except such that".

I cannot but feel offended.

conjunction
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Without it also being the case that; unless that (introducing a necessary concomitant).

It never rains but it pours.

conjunction
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Motto of the Mackintoshes.

Touch not the cat but a glove.

conjunction
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Bible, 2 Kings vii. 4

If they kill us, we shall but die.

conjunction
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Dryden.

A formidable man but to his friends.

conjunction
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An instance or example of using the word "but".

It has to be done – no ifs or buts.

noun
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(Scotland) The outer room of a small two-room cottage.
noun
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A limit; a boundary.
noun
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The end; especially the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end; the butt.
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(usage problem) Used to indicate an exception.

No one but she saw the prowler.

conjunction
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but for
  • Were it not for: except for:
    We would have reached the summit but for the weather.
idiom
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but for
  • if it were not for
idiom
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but that
  • about the fact that
    I've no doubt but that he'll come.
  • that there is not some chance that
    We can't be sure but that he's right.
idiom
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but and ben
  • the whole dwelling: originally, the outer and inner rooms of a two-room cottage
idiom
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
but
Plural:
buts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of but

  • Middle English from Old English būtan ud- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From butyric

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English but, buten, boute, bouten, from Old English būtan (“out of, outside of, off, round about, except, without, all but, but only, besides, in addition to, in spite of, except that, save, but, only, unless, save that, if only, provided that, outside”), equivalent to be- +‎ out. Cognate with Scots but, bot (“outside, without, but”), West Frisian bûten (“outside of, apart from, other than, except, but”), Dutch buiten (“outside”), German Low German buuten, buute (“outside”), Dutch Low Saxon buten (“outside”). Compare bin, about.

    From Wiktionary