• enPR: bŭʹtər, IPA: /ˈbʌtəɹ/
      • (RP) IPA: /ˈbʌtə/, [ˈbɐtʰə]
      • (GA) IPA: /ˈbʌtɚ/, [ˈbʌɾɚ]
      • (Scotland, Wales) IPA: /ˈbʌtɚ/, [ˈbʌʔɚ], /ˈbʌtɻ/
  • (Northern England, Midlands) IPA: /ˈbʊtə/

butter (uncountable)

  1. A soft, fatty foodstuff made by churning the cream of milk (generally cow's milk).
  2. 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
  3. (obsolete, chemistry) Any specific soft substance.
    butter of antimony; butter of arsenic
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: beurre
  • Russian: ма́сло

butter (butters, present participle buttering; past and past participle buttered)

  1. (transitive) To spread butter on.
    Butter the toast.
  2. 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.
  3. (slang, obsolete, transitive) To increase (stakes) at every throw of dice, or every game.
  • French: beurrer
  • German: mit Butter bestreichen
  • Italian: imburrare
  • Portuguese: amanteigar, passar manteiga em
  • Russian: нама́слить
  • Spanish: untar con mantequilla

butter (plural butters)

  1. Someone who butts, or who butts in.
    • 2005, David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel, The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs (page 156)
      […] these animals lacked self-correcting mechanisms of the kind seen in modern head-butters such as goats and big-horn sheep that would have kept the tremendous forces aligned with the rest of the skeleton.

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