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Old English butere < a West Germanic borrowing of Latin butyrum < Greek βούτυρον boutyron (perhaps literally ‘cow-cheese’, from βούς bous ‘ox, cow’ + τυρός tyros ‘cheese’). The West Germanic source also gave Dutch boter, German Butter.
- (UK) IPA: /ˈbʌtə/, SAMPA: /"bVt.@/
- (US) enPR: bŭtʹər, IPA: /ˈbʌɾ.ɚ/, SAMPA: /"bV4.@`/
- (uncountable) A soft, fatty foodstuff made by churning the cream of milk (generally cow's milk).
- (countable) (obsolete) (chemistry) Any specific soft substance
- (uncountable) 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
Third person singular
- (transitive) To spread butter on.
- Butter the toast.
- butter one's bread on both sides
- butter the cony
- butter up
- fine words butter no parsnips
- have one's bread buttered for life
- know which side one's bread is buttered
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