To accost and detain (a person) in conversation.
A small slit in a garment or piece of fabric for fastening a button.
(chiefly british) A boutonniere.
To make a buttonhole in.
To sew with a buttonhole stitch.
A slit or loop through which a button can be fastened.
To make buttonholes in.
To make with a buttonhole stitch.
To make (a person) listen to one, as if by grasping his or her coat by a buttonhole.
Origin of buttonhole
- V., sense 3, probably alteration of button-hold
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Originally buttonhold (a loop of string to hold a button down), but changed by folk etymology by influence of hole; see the Wikipedia article on folk etymology