Butter meaning

bŭtər
Flattery.
noun
3
1
A soft yellowish or whitish emulsion of butterfat, water, air, and sometimes salt, churned from milk or cream and processed for use in cooking and as a food.
noun
2
0
The solid, yellowish, edible fat that results from churning cream or whole milk, used as a spread, in cooking, etc.
noun
1
0
Any of various substances somewhat like butter.
  • 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.
noun
1
0
(informal) Flattery.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
To spread with butter.
verb
0
0
(informal) To flatter so as to ingratiate oneself.
verb
0
0
(uncountable) A soft, fatty foodstuff made by churning the cream of milk (generally cow's milk).
noun
0
0
(uncountable) Any of various foodstuffs made from other foods or oils, similar in consistency to, eaten like or intended as a substitute for butter (preceded by the name of the food used to make it).

Peanut butter.

noun
0
0
To spread butter on.

Butter the toast.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
To move one's weight backwards or forwards onto the tips or tails of one's skis or snowboard so only the tip or tail is in contact with the snow.
verb
0
0
Someone who butts; someone who butts in.
noun
0
0
Any of various substances similar to butter, especially:
  • A spread made from fruit, nuts, or other foods.
    Apple butter.
  • A vegetable fat having a nearly solid consistency at ordinary temperatures.
noun
0
1
To put butter on or in.
verb
0
1
look as if butter would not melt in one's mouth
  • to look innocent or demure
idiom
0
0
Advertisement

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

look as if butter would not melt in one's mouth

Origin of butter

  • Middle English butere from Old English from Latin būtȳrum from Greek boutūron bous cow gwou- in Indo-European roots tūros cheese teuə- in Indo-European roots

    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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • butt +‎ -er

    From Wiktionary