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  1. (slang) The buttocks; used as a euphemism, less objectionable than arse/ass
    • Get up off your butt and get to work.
  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.
  3. (slang) A used cigarette.
  4. The larger or thicker end of anything; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp end; as, the butt of a rifle. Formerly also spelled but.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
  8. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed.
    He's usually the butt of their jokes.
  9. 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 hand-cuffed suspect gave the officer a desperate butt in the chest.
  10. A thrust in fencing.
  11. (lacrosse) The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to prevent injury.
  12. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
  13. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
  14. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; – also called a butt joint.
  15. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
  16. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
  17. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  18. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
  19. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. –
  20. 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...
  21. Any of various flatfish such as sole, plaice or turbot
  22. (obsolete, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) hassock


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to butt

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to butt (third-person singular simple present butts, present participle butting, simple past and past participle butted)
  1. To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.


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From Low German butt.



butt (masculine butt; feminine butt; neuter butt; plural butte; comparative buttere; superlative buttest)

  1. blunt

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