• (British) IPA: /ˈbʊtʃ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbʊt͡ʃ.ɚ/

butcher (plural butchers)

  1. A person who prepares and sells meat (and sometimes also slaughters the animals).
  2. (figurative) A brutal or indiscriminate killer.
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      Butcher of an innocent child.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang, from butcher's hook) A look.
  4. (informal, obsolete) A person who sells candy, drinks, etc. in theatres, trains, circuses, etc.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

butcher (butchers, present participle butchering; past and past participle butchered)

  1. (transitive) To slaughter (animals) and prepare (meat) for market.
    Synonyms: kill, slaughter
  2. (transitive) To kill brutally.
    Synonyms: massacre, slay
  3. (transitive) To ruin (something), often to the point of defamation.
    The band at that bar really butchered "Hotel California".
    Synonyms: murder
Translations Translations Translations Adjective
  1. comparative form of butch

Proper noun
  1. Surname for a butcher.

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