butt
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) enPR: bŭt, IPA: /bʌt/
Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (countable) The larger or thicker end of something; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp or narrow end
    1. (North America, slang) The buttocks (used as a euphemism in idiomatic expressions; less objectionable than arse/ass).
      Get up off your butt and get to work.
      1. (slang) The whole buttocks and pelvic region that includes one's private parts.
        I can see your butt.
      2. (slang) Body; self.
        Get your butt to the car.
        We can't chat today. I have to get my butt to work before I'm late.
    2. (leather trades) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  2. (countable) The waste end of anything
    1. (slang) A used cigarette.
    2. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
      • The hay was growing upon headlands and butts in cornfields.
    3. (obsolete, West of England) Hassock.
  3. (countable, generally) An end of something, often distinguished in some way from the other end.
    1. The end of a firearm opposite to that from which a bullet is fired.
      She was hit in the face with the butt of a shotgun.
    2. (lacrosse) The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to reduce injury.
    3. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
    4. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
    5. (mechanical) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering.
      Synonyms: butt joint
    6. (carpentry) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc., so named because it is attached to the inside edge of the door and butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
    7. (shipbuilding) The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
    8. The blunt back part of an axehead. Also called the poll.
  4. (countable) A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act V, Scene II, line 267.
      Here is my journey's end, here is my butt / And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
    1. A mark to be shot at; a target.
      • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II, line 186.
        To which is fixed, as an aim or butt...
      • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 37.
        The inhabitants of all cities and towns were ordered to make butts, and to keep them in repair, under a penalty of twenty shillings per month, and to exercise themselves in shooting at them on holidays.
      • The groom his fellow groom at butts defies, / And bends his bow, and levels with his eyes.
    2. (usually as "butt of (a) joke") A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed.
      He's usually the butt of their jokes.
      Synonyms: laughing stock
      • I played a sentence or two at my butt, which I thought very smart.
    3. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Po
Translations Translations Translations Verb

butt (butts, present participle butting; past and past participle butted)

  1. To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut.
    • And Barnsdale there doth butt on Don's well-watered ground.
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Verb

butt (butts, present participle butting; past and past participle butted)

  1. (transitive) To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.
    • Two harmless lambs are butting one the other.
  2. (intransitive) To strike bluntly with the head.
    Rams butt at other males during mating season.
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Translations
  • Italian: cozzare
  • Russian: бода́ть
  • Spanish: topetar
Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head; a head butt.
    Be careful in the pen, that ram can knock you down with a butt.
    The handcuffed suspect gave the officer a desperate butt in the chest.
  2. A thrust in fencing.
    • To prove who gave the fairer butt, / John shows the chalk on Robert's coat.
Translations
  • Italian: cornata
  • Spanish: topetazo, topetada
Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (English units) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons which is one-half tun; equivalent to the pipe.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
      Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. –
  2. A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene II, line 121.
      ...I escap'd upon a butt of sack which the sailors heav'd o'erboard...
Translations Translations Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (Northern England) Any of various flatfish such as sole, plaice or turbot
Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (dated, West Country, &, Ireland) A heavy two-wheeled cart.
  2. (dated, West Country, &, Ireland) A three-wheeled cart resembling a wheelbarrow.
Translations
Butt
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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