- Any of certain other spreads for bread.Apple butter, peanut butter.
- Any of certain vegetables oils having a solid consistency at ordinary temperatures.Cocoa butter.
- (former) Any of certain metallic chlorides.butter of antimony.
Butter the toast.
- A spread made from fruit, nuts, or other foods.Apple butter.
- A vegetable fat having a nearly solid consistency at ordinary temperatures.
- to look innocent or demure
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of butter
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English butere (“butter”), from Proto-Germanic *buterô (“butter”) (compare West Frisian buter, Dutch boter, German Butter), from Latin būtȳrum, from Ancient Greek βούτῡρον (boútȳron, “cow cheese”), compound of βοῦς (boûs, “ox, cow”) and τῡρός (tyrós, “cheese”), from Scythian. Compare Avestan (tūiri, “curdled milk, whey”)), from Proto-Indo-European *tuHrós (compare Middle Indic [script?] (tūra, “cheese”), Russian творог (tvoróg, “curds, soft cheese”), Old English þweran (“to churn”), ge-þweor (“curds”)).
- butt + -er