Definition of butt

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the end or extremity of anything, especially the thicker, larger, or blunt end considered as a bottom, base, support, or handle, as of a log, fishing rod, or pistol.

an end that is not used or consumed; remnant: a cigar butt.

a lean cut of pork shoulder.

Slang. the buttocks.

Slang. a cigarette.



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Origin of butt


First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English bott “(thick) end, buttock,” Old English butt “tree stump” (in placenames); akin to Swedish but “stump,” Danish but “stubby”; further origin uncertain; cf. buttock


but, butt

Words nearby butt

buto, butoconazole nitrate, butorphanol, butsu, butsudan, butt, buttals, butt bra, butt chisel, butt-dial, butte

Other definitions for butt (2 of 5)


a person or thing that is an object of wit, ridicule, sarcasm, contempt, etc.

a target.

(on a rifle range)
  1. a wall of earth located behind the targets to prevent bullets from scattering over a large area.
  2. butts,a wall behind which targets can be safely lowered, scored, and raised during firing practice.

butt hinge.

Obsolete. a goal; limit.

verb (used without object)

to have an end or projection on; be adjacent to; abut.

verb (used with object)

to position or fasten an end (of something).

to place or join the ends (of two things) together; set end-to-end.

Origin of butt


First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French but “target, goal,” probably ultimately from Old Norse bútr “stump, log” (from the use of a wooden block or stump as a target in archery, etc.); cf. butt1, butte

Other definitions for butt (3 of 5)

verb (used with object)

to strike or push with the head or horns.

verb (used without object)

to strike or push something or at something with the head or horns.

to project.

Machinery. (of wheels in a gear train) to strike one another instead of meshing.


a push or blow with the head or horns.

Verb Phrases

butt in,to meddle in the affairs or intrude in the conversation of others; interfere: It was none of his concern, so he didn't butt in.

butt out,to stop meddling in the affairs or intruding in the conversation of others: I tried to talk some sense into him and was told to butt out.

Origin of butt


First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English butten, bouten, from Anglo-French buter, butter, Old French bouter, buter “to thrust, strike,” from Germanic; compare Old Norse bauta “to strike,” Middle Dutch botten “to strike, sprout”; cf. beat

Other definitions for butt (4 of 5)


a large cask for wine, beer, or ale.

any cask or barrel.

any of various units of capacity, usually considered equal to two hogsheads.

Origin of butt


First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English but(t)e, bot(t), from Anglo-French bo(u)t(e); Middle French, from Old Provençal bota, from Late Latin butta, buttis, akin to Greek boût(t)is “vessel in the shape of a frustum of a cone” (of pre-Greek origin)

Other definitions for butt (5 of 5)


nounplural (especially collectively) butt, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) butts.

any of several flatfishes, especially the halibut.

Origin of butt


First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English but(te), botte; cognate with Swedish butta “turbot,” German Butt “brill, turbot, flounder,” Dutch bot “flounder” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to butt

tail, tush, backside, behind, bottom, bum, derriere, smack, collide, shove, run into, handle, shank, extremity, tip, stub, edge, base, fundament, foot

How to use butt in a sentence

  • In 2004, I was a surrogate for John Kerry and really worked my butt off to try to get him elected.

    Actress, Mother, Activist Alyssa Milano on Life as a Triple Threat|Esabelle Lee|February 11, 2021|Ozy

  • As tough as it was, covid kicked our butts, but we did a good job bouncing back with the little practice time we had.

    Alex Len helps the Wizards fight off the Bulls with a late defensive stand|Ava Wallace|February 9, 2021|Washington Post

  • Dumpling maker Calvin Shea recommends pork butt for dumplings.

    Homemade dumplings bring me closer to family this Lunar New Year, even from far away|Marian Liu|February 5, 2021|Washington Post

  • We’re the butt of the nation’s jokes every time the federal government shuts down for at least 300,000 workers at a whisper of snowfall.

    Does the pandemic mean the end of snow days, too?|Petula Dvorak|February 1, 2021|Washington Post

  • Perhaps it’s the litany of prescribed butt exercises that should land me an ExOfficio modeling contract any day now.

    Did Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Ruin My Body?|Grayson Haver Currin|January 25, 2021|Outside Online

  • Thus begins an episode of The Mindy Project centered around a guy trying to have butt sex with his girlfriend.

    Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • It was the epitome of Kim Kardashian, and a fitting summation of the Year of Butt.

    Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • The reality TV mogul bared her butt—and everything else, too—for Paper Magazine in a spread that sent Twitter into a tizzy.

    Kim Kardashian Cheekily Breaks the Internet|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • But, Adnan suggest that Jay butt-dialed Nisha by mistake on his phone and accidentally left a two-minute voicemail.

    The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession|Emily Shire|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Elsewhere on the Internet, and often, Turkers butt heads over which tools work best, or what nation they hail from.

    Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild|Kevin Zawacki|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • During this conversation Harry's right hand was resting beneath his jacket, grasping the butt of his revolver.

    The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn

  • There is no part of these castings but may be easily conveyed in a common butt or cart.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick

  • The beverage warmed him in body; but it would need a butt of it to thaw the misery from his soul.

    St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini

  • The next instant, he has raked the butt of your discarded cigarette from beneath your feet with the dexterity of a- 31 - croupier.

    The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith

  • She began to see that there was a chance for her to escape being a butt for her school-fellows jokes.

    The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison

British Dictionary definitions for butt (1 of 5)


the thicker or blunt end of something, such as the end of the stock of a rifle

the unused end of something, esp of a cigarette; stub

tanningthe portion of a hide covering the lower backside of the animal

US and Canadianinformalthe buttocks

US a slang word for cigarette

building trades short for butt joint, butt hinge

Word Origin for butt

C15 (in the sense: thick end of something, buttock): related to Old English buttuc end, ridge, Middle Dutch bot stumpy

British Dictionary definitions for butt (2 of 5)


a person or thing that is the target of ridicule, wit, etc

  1. a mound of earth behind the target on a target range that stops bullets or wide shots
  2. the target itself
  3. (plural)the target range

a low barrier, usually of sods or peat, behind which sportsmen shoot game birds, esp grouse

archaicgoal; aim


(usually foll by on or against) to lie or be placed end on to; abutto butt a beam against a wall

Word Origin for butt

C14 (in the sense: mark for archery practice): from Old French but; related to French butte knoll, target

British Dictionary definitions for butt (3 of 5)


to strike or push (something) with the head or horns

(intr)to project; jut

(intr ; foll by in or into)to intrude, esp into a conversation; interfere; meddle

butt outinformal, mainlyUS and Canadianto stop interfering or meddling


a blow with the head or horns

Derived forms of butt

butter, noun

Word Origin for butt

C12: from Old French boter, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch botten to strike; see beat, button

British Dictionary definitions for butt (4 of 5)


a large cask, esp one with a capacity of two hogsheads, for storing wine or beer

a US unit of liquid measure equal to 126 US gallons

Word Origin for butt

C14: from Old French botte, from Old Provençal bota, from Late Latin buttis cask, perhaps from Greek butinē chamber pot

British Dictionary definitions for butt (5 of 5)


Dame Clara . 1872–1936, English contralto

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Main meanings of butt in English

: butt1butt2butt3butt4


Pronunciation /bʌt/

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[with object]
  • 1(of a person or animal) hit (someone or something) with the head or horns.

    ‘she butted him in the chest’

    • ‘Then the gazelle butted my face with pointed horns.’
    • ‘The goat butted him over; Guidry's rowan garland tumbled loose.’
    • ‘Bastard butted me in the leg while I was escaping.’
    • ‘A drunken man who wanted to fight with his father butted a police officer on the jaw as he was being arrested, a court was told.’
    • ‘But if you didn't butt your way toward the front of the line, you wouldn't get there.’
    • ‘Each time her strength flagged the little lamb butted her until she moved again.’
    • ‘Then he lowered his horns, galloped along the bridge and butted the ugly troll.’
    • ‘The other week I had a dream, I was with my ex-girlfriend and we were being butted by a calf.’
    • ‘He had returned to the home they rented and was let in but he became fairly agitated and he butted the wall.’
    • ‘Peck is randy and rambunctious, especially in the crazy scene where his horse keeps butting him from behind.’
    • ‘On one memorable occasion Vince butted a police horse.’
    • ‘A calf sauntered up behind the eminent historian and butted him, taking him unawares.’
    • ‘One of the bulls retorted with an angry snort by butting a wolf with his head.’
    • ‘A footballer faces jail after butting another player during a match, a court heard.’
    • ‘We were told in the first few days he was butted and kicked in the chest.’
    • ‘A man who butted someone at a railway station and assaulted police officers sent to investigate was told he was lucky not to have been sent to prison.’
    • ‘They all left, but returned shortly afterwards and when Mr Jacobs spoke to them, he was suddenly butted and a scuffle started.’
    • ‘A case of mistaken identity led to an innocent bystander being butted and punched in a Pewsey pub.’
    • ‘A man who butted a police officer after a chase through the streets of Clacton has been jailed.’
    • ‘Before 1897, Igun Street butted the southeastern corner of the palace.’
    1. 1.1Strike (the head) against something.

      ‘he butts his head against a wall’

      • ‘The hotel manager come up to yell at him, but was just freaked out by this long-haired dirt butting a little 15-year-old's head into the wall.’
      • ‘A goat is butting its horns against the crooked door.’
      • ‘The mare gently butted her nose against the extended palm, wuffling softly.’
      • ‘You can have all the best tactical ideas for on-field performance but if you do not have the structure in place to facilitate the best outcomes you end up butting your head against the proverbial brick wall.’
      • ‘You're butting your head against a seriously-hard concrete wall.’
      • ‘More than honest, it's the image of a major artist courageously butting her head against the furtiveness and sadism of Stalinist and post-Stalinist bureaucracy.’
      • ‘He also butted his head vainly against the British and by 1949 he was despised at home and abroad as an ineffectual playboy.’
      • ‘He smashed Imperfect Mountain by butting his head against it.’
      • ‘Frank Davis, a prisoner at the Court Jail, died yesterday afternoon from concussion of the brain, caused by butting his head against the wall of his cell.’
      • ‘Now, supposing we were called upon to examine the body of a man, who, after violently butting his head against a wall, had thus dropped down dead.’
      • ‘All would be well if the animals stayed where they belonged, but Vixen seemed to take delight in butting his head against the door of his stall so that Nicholas had to rebuild it three times.’


  • A push or blow, especially one given with the head.

    ‘The characters can fight hand to hand using punches, kicks, nudges, butts, combos…’

    • ‘The least serious are the routine shoves and butts that seem to accompany almost every NFL play.’
    • ‘There were a couple of butts, but none of the dirty tactics both pugilists have used in some past fights.’
    • ‘You don't have to be an expert in martial arts to use a head butt effectively.’


    butt heads
    North American informal
    • Engage in conflict or be in strong disagreement.

      • ‘The elected president of her campus Hillel, she tried to pull together a balanced panel discussion on the conflict, but soon butted heads with her supervisor at the local Jewish Community Center.’
      • ‘And it's very intense, and it's good to have somebody really strong to butt heads against.’
      • ‘But though they are a team publicly, they continue to butt heads privately over ideas, people, and the nature of the future, in a relationship that is both a rare love affair and intellectual warfare.’
      • ‘I believe having the a-pawns continue to butt heads is better for White.’
      • ‘I'm not sure, however, how much a someone who joyfully butts heads with opponents actually wins in Washington, DC.’
      • ‘Swinging Sinatra butts heads with button down Robinson until a quick ending and easy solution are found.’
      • ‘And if they're butting heads in there, and they do call for the bailiff or whatever, then the judge will interview each one of them and try to see if there's any - if there's any way any one of them could change their minds in this.’
      • ‘I had so many examples of our butting heads about design.’
      • ‘Scientists achieve great things, he argued, because, like rams butting heads on the African veldt, they're attempting to woo mates and ensure their genetic heritage.’
      • ‘He can be cocky and arrogant, always butting heads with local medical professionals.’
      • ‘The cycle of negativity has to be broken, and I think it's time to take another approach at making things work, because butting heads is obviously not working.’
      • ‘We're still going to physical therapy to try to get you to put weight on your legs, but I think we're butting heads with the most stubborn part of your personality.’
      • ‘Secretary Powell was known for the one who was butting heads and really trying to push in certain instances a different agenda.’
      • ‘Maybe that's the BIG MYSTERY of why journalists and bloggers are butting heads.’
      • ‘Well, the leader of UNHCR will always be butting heads with world governments.’
      • ‘Well, this is around the time I also started butting heads a lot with Richard, among others.’
      • ‘A sequence of senior staff members butted heads with the charismatic editor, but the magazine's intellectual identity was as recalcitrant as its finances.’
      • ‘And you could challenge him on those opinions, and sometimes we kind of butted heads about stuff, but we always managed to work it out.’
      • ‘I wrote an essay once and it was really extremely violent, about a CIA guy and a KGB guy butting horns.’
      • ‘Who should have done what was clearly the issue for debate as the Brechin men butted foreheads and debated the point.’

Phrasal Verbs

    butt in
    • Interrupt or intrude on a conversation or activity.

      ‘he's always butting in—not letting her finish her story and giving her advice she never asked for’

      • ‘sorry to butt in on you’
      • ‘At the tail end of this conversation colleague number two butts in uninvited, with a little gem aimed in my direction.’
      • ‘Suddenly, Dave Hill - who was sitting in on the conversation - butted in and offered his opinion.’
      • ‘Don't butt in on a conversation your girlfriend is having with a cute boy!’
      • ‘‘You never said that,’ I say, butting in on our own conversation.’
      • ‘Somehow, at the dinner table, I found myself butting in on their conversations like I'd been with them all my life.’
      • ‘Kyle mock glared at Jack for butting in on his little conversation starter.’
      • ‘Yeah, anyway, the butting in randomly into the conversation really wasn't working.’
      • ‘I asked and noticed that practically every girl was listening in and some were trying to butt in on the conversation.’
      • ‘And now these so-called friends of his are butting their way into his re-election campaign and attacking his opponent's combat record.’
      • ‘‘Your teachers have no business butting their noses into my personal life,’ Sean said through gritted teeth.’
    butt out
    North American informal
    • Stop interfering.

      • ‘just butt out and leave us to live our lives’
      • ‘Both should butt out, stop blocking the view and start letting their top players get on with the game.’
      • ‘She replied that it was none of her business, to butt out.’
      • ‘Well, as more celebrities join Cindy Sheehan's antiwar movement, some say stars have no place in this and other anti-war causes and they should just butt out.’
      • ‘Basically, she told me to butt out, which I thought was a bit ungrateful of her, because I was only trying to help.’
      • ‘Maybe I should try to party Christmas away, and then butt out, since it was beginning to feel like the end of the world.’
      • ‘Be able to tell your parents when to butt out and when to come riding to the rescue.’
      • ‘These are personal decisions and the government should butt out, plain and simple.’
      • ‘Until government butts out, reduces taxes and allows a level playing field, the system isn't going to work.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's best if the originator of the piece butts out and lets the professionals take over.’


Middle English from Old French boter, of Germanic origin.

Main meanings of butt in English

: butt1butt2butt3butt4


Pronunciation /bʌt/

See synonyms for butt

Translate butt into Spanish


  • 1The person or thing at which criticism or ridicule is directed.

    ‘his singing is the butt of dozens of jokes’

    • ‘Journalists then, are set to become the butt of criticism and jokes, even as they sally forth to the frontlines.’
    • ‘So sad for all of you, Mr. Mills and constituents, but all Ralph's jokes must have butts, and this time - it's you.’
    • ‘But in their defence, the butts of their jokes are generally treated more with affection than ridicule.’
    • ‘I've seen musical performances that combine virtuosity with buffoonery as well as exhibitions by photographers who use their own images as the butts of jokes.’
    • ‘For a long time, he was the butt not only of his mentor's jokes but of critics like Macaulay, who thought him a fool.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, by treating the two Kings they served as butts for their jokes, and by supporting the cause of American freedom against the monarch.’
    • ‘An unlikely pair, we were often the butts of jokes around Franklin High School.’
    • ‘The Canadians are watching our election problems and laughing their butts off.’
    • ‘At the other end of the vertebrate scale, hominoids have similarly provided the butt for many a joke, while Darwin himself has not escaped completely the humorists' pen or pencil.’
    • ‘Or you wanted to be a proctologist and your name was the butt of toilet humour jokes throughout your childhood.’
    • ‘All the old jokes that had politicians as their butt and target are turning out to be true and not so funny anymore.’
    • ‘They became targets for fans and the media, the butts of jokes.’
    • ‘N is also for Neville, Harry's cowardly, bumbling but well-meaning friend and the butt of most of Malfoy's bullying, although he wins out in the end.’
    • ‘In his incommunicable world of silence, made the more sordid by isolation and discrimination, he find himself the butt of everybody's abuse and insult.’
    • ‘The butt of Reid's remarks were those experts who are so bent on attempting to regulate every aspect of our lives that they are branded ‘health fascists’.’
    • ‘He had his own, perhaps strange, sense of humour and he could chuckle at those who were the butt of his ire without for a moment compromising his view of how things should be.’
    • ‘For rookies, being the butt of pranks and fulfilling the demands of older players are necessary evils on the path to earning respect and becoming one of the guys.’
    • ‘As Ramon Vega and Chris Sutton have illustrated, being out of sorts in England and the butt of abuse from fans is no barrier to succeeding in Scotland.’
    • ‘They became the butt of a lot of latenight talk show jokes.’
    • ‘Interest rates are so low now that people who ‘save’ have become the butt of jokes at the water fountain at work.’

    target, victim, object, subject, recipient, laughing stock, Aunt Sally

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  • 2usually buttsAn archery or shooting target or range.

    ‘The practice butts open at 8.30am.’

    • ‘The firing butts of the range lie about 1km south-west of the drill hall.’
    • ‘The instructor insisted that ear muffs must be worn at all times when in the firing butts, to deaden the noise of the gunfire.’
    • ‘Ivor then moved the practice area back to the airfield at Wyton, where the rifle-firing butts became the centre of attention.’
    • ‘This sort of thing was sorted out on the firing butts, where the crew could park a fighter and have it blast away at a target two or three hundred yards distant.’
    • ‘Whenever Mr Cockerell rings the bell some one in the butts courteously rings back.’
    1. 2.1A mound on or in front of which a target is set up for archery or shooting.

      ‘Everyone must return to the shooting line and the range checked to make sure no-one is behind the target butts or in the safety zone before the signal to commence shooting is given.’

      • ‘In the ancestor of Olympic target archery, bowmen aimed at targets mounted on earthen butts at ranges of 100 to 140 yards.’
      • ‘Outdoor and sometimes indoor ranges have earth or sand butts.’
      • ‘Always walk up to the side of the target butt, so as to not to accidentally walk into the rear of the arrows lodged in the target.’
    2. 2.2A grouse-shooter's stand, screened by low turf or a stone wall.

      ‘After second cross path dips just east of north and heads towards wooden and stone grouse butts.’

      • ‘A while later at a crossroads, there were exquisite sunken doughnuts of stone and bilberry: i.e. four-star grouse butts, five star but for the nearby quarry.’
      • ‘Then it's up to the moor itself where the guns take their balloted positions in the butts, simple stone hides screened by turf, where they await the arrival of the birds.’
      • ‘The area we have circled is grouse moor, liberally scattered with boulders and crags and with ‘shooters shelters’, as grouse butts are curiously called here on my new map.’
      • ‘Streams and standing winter water are pretty, grouse butts are everywhere, and with three sweeps of its scimitar wings a raptor slid into the next valley.’
      • ‘After passing a canary-yellow barn, we crossed a small moor with three-star grouse butts and ended up at the hamlet of Ilton.’
      • ‘Dotted across the moor are the grouse butts, wooden structures behind which the guns hide - making their profiles invisible to the grouse as they skitter and jink across the landscape, inches above the ground.’
      • ‘Also there are various generations of grouse butts, the latest new, semi-subterranean, wood-lined, gravel-floored and drained by plastic pipe.’
      • ‘A quarter an hour later we were back on course up a gill, passing rush beds, grouse butts and, at an interesting bit of lead mine landscaping, connecting to the first of many a mile of Landrover track.’
      • ‘We take the lower ground between, past a line of grouse butts.’


Middle English (in the archery sense): from Old French but, of unknown origin; perhaps influenced by French butte ‘rising ground’.

Main meanings of butt in English

: butt1butt2butt3butt4


Pronunciation /bʌt/

See synonyms for butt

Translate butt into Spanish


  • 1

    (also butt end)

    The thicker end of something, especially a tool or a weapon.

    ‘a rifle butt’

    • ‘I remember trying to block a blow from a rifle butt.’
    • ‘He pressed the butt hard into his shoulder, closed one eye and aimed into the distance.’
    • ‘He placed the butt against his shoulder and sighted down the barrels.’
    • ‘At one point he used his pistol butt to knock on a tank turret to get the driver's attention.’
    • ‘Without warning, he grabbed for his spear, using the butt to smack against the lone two chair legs that were supporting the napping man.’
    • ‘He put the gun butt to his shoulder and started trying to finish the job by shooting at the ambassador, who was not going down without a fight.’
    • ‘Unpadded, the butt jarred into my shoulder every time I pulled the trigger on the accursed gun, causing no small amount of pain.’
    • ‘In direct fire, the manual suggests positioning the butt under the armpit rather than on the shoulder.’
    • ‘The remaining weapons ranged from manufactured guns to others that had home-carved butts and door claps for bolts.’
    • ‘Several guards finally used the butts of their crossbows to shut me up.’
    • ‘I ordered holsters to hang straight so they could be worn butts to the front or to the rear and I also wanted a deep dark brown color to match the buffalo horn grips.’
    • ‘The gun is short enough that in such a holster, properly made, neither grip tang nor butt protrudes at the front.’
    • ‘He shortened the pistol at the front and at the butt, streamlining the gun and reducing weight.’
    • ‘Handguns with curved butts made aimed fire possible.’
    • ‘Most pool parlors wisely ban jump shots that require the butt to be elevated above the shoulder.’
    • ‘On a good uptide rod, the reel seat will be positioned about 25-ins above the butt cap.’
    • ‘Others were knocked to the ground with rifle butts, kicked and beaten with handcuffs.’
    • ‘On the day we were shooting with Tom Selleck, he noticed I always grounded the rifle's butt on my toe instead of in the dirt.’
    • ‘The houses were jammed together butt to butt, each one with a fence separating them.’
    • ‘The visitors were left off the hook a minute later when Dara O'Cinneide chipped up a ball that was sent in by Moynihan and, after infiltrating the cover, his low shot hit the butt of the post.’

    stock, shaft, shank, end, handle, hilt, haft, grip, helve

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    1. 1.1The square end of a plank or plate meeting the end or side of another, as in the side of a ship.

      as modifier‘a butt joint’

      • ‘Use a butt marker to score the hinge location on the door and jamb.’
      • ‘Install with alternate overlaps and with two nails on each side 6 to 7 inches above the butt edge.’
      • ‘It was a Polyethylene butt fusion joint linking two sections of medium pressure pipe.’
      • ‘When welding weakens the weldment, the weak zone is about an inch either side of the center of the butt or fillet welds.’
      • ‘With a satisfying clunk, the gimbal fitting slotted into the wide butt pad.’
    2. 1.2The thicker or hind end of a hide used for leather.

      ‘A butt is roughly 4½ ft by 4½ft and is ideal for sturdy straps.’

      • ‘The leather nearest the butt and spine is the best on the hide.’
      • ‘Only the superior butt portion of the hide is used to produce first grade cricket ball leather.’
      • ‘There is no point in buying a top quality butt just for practice.’
      • ‘These stirrup leathers are made from a top grade vegetable tanned stirrup butt.’
      • ‘The butts are taken out and scudded.’
  • 2

    (also butt end)

    The stub of a cigar or a cigarette.

    ‘If I give them a bag of nickels and an ashtray full of cigarette butts, will they tell me my future?’

    • ‘The driver flicked his cigarette butt toward an ashtray and missed.’
    • ‘I was now grinding the cigarette butt into an ash tray on the coffee table.’
    • ‘The three ashtrays were overflowing with cigarette butts on the desk and on the deck.’
    • ‘There are 6 cigarette butts on the floor around my seat and an ash tray in the lid of every rubbish bin.’
    • ‘For now, I'm just wondering if I can still smoke those cigarette butts…’
    • ‘The group will urge smokers to bin rather than fling their old cigarette butts since these were seen at 80% of areas examined.’
    • ‘I asked who will clean up the cigarette butts, and who will provide ashtrays for people standing on the pavement and smoking.’
    • ‘You smoked cigarettes and flicked the butts into the dark, and you let a whole full minute pass before you fired up another one.’
    • ‘‘Cigarette butts also present a threat to wildlife,’ said Proctor.’
    • ‘Powder throughout the years ignored Skiing's attempts and acted like the cool kid at school, nonchalant, smoking butts, greased back hair.’
    • ‘Divson sighed, putting his cigarette down on a small ash-tray on the table, already sporting more than a dozen of his own butts.’
    • ‘A recurring problem highlighted by these inspectors was the number of butts thrown on paths, roadways and parks.’
    • ‘When I flicked the lit butt directly at you, you didn't budge, you didn't flinch.’
    • ‘Sid threw her butt onto the ground and stomped it out.’
    • ‘Alex chucked her butt to the ground and stamped it out, reaching into her purse and pulling out an empty pack of cigarettes.’
    • ‘A smoker caught red-handed throwing a butt on the ground would also be fined, he said.’
    • ‘There were ashtray bins on many street-corners, and scarcely any butts on the ground.’
    • ‘Dropping her spent butt to the ground, Becky furiously stomped out the cigarette spark.’
    • ‘Michael took a long draw on his cigarette, dropped it and ground the butt under the heel of his boot.’

    stub, end, tail end, stump, remnant, remains, remainder

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  • 3mainly North American informal A person's buttocks or anus.

    • ‘I was being paid to sit on my butt and watch television’
    • ‘Sitting on our butts watching television can be dangerous.’
    • ‘But not all students participate in these optional programs; the great majority of us sit on our butts.’
    • ‘Finally I walked over there and nudged his butt with the toe of my boot, and he jumped up.’
    • ‘The back, the shoulders, the butt and the calves are quite important according to this article.’
    • ‘He tapped me on the forehead, smacked my butt, and even stuck his finger in my ear.’
    • ‘She smacked me in the butt to get me to move faster and I glared at her.’
    • ‘He smacked my butt once again as I walked out the door.’
    • ‘All I got to see were some naked butts disappearing into the distance, through a window.’
    • ‘So now I'm looking ridiculous falling on my butt again and again.’
    • ‘I stared at her retreating butt until she disappeared.’
    • ‘You're going to go down and touch your butt to the ground and fire back up.’
    • ‘I felt my butt hit the ground and found myself staring up at Ryan, who was looking down at me.’
    • ‘She landed on her butt on the ground and then scampered away from the next attack.’
    • ‘One of his hands ran down her back to rest next to the other, right above her butt.’
    • ‘I grabbed his hands and pushed them on my back, right above my butt.’
    • ‘The two others had already their butts flat on the ground.’
    • ‘We both hit the grass and he kept on rolling until he rolled, butt first, into the nearest tree trunk.’
    • ‘I simply sat there, butt on the ground, staring at the bronze, sun-streaked walls, as if it were the most intriguing activity on earth.’
    • ‘The back though was low, showing off her entire bare back and cut down to just above the top of her butt.’

    buttocks, bottom, cheeks, hindquarters, haunches, rear, rump, rear end, backside, seat

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  • 4The trunk of a tree, especially the part just above the ground.

    ‘Pick the tree up and tap the butt on the ground a few times, notice how many needles fall off the tree.’

    • ‘And he's designed a special grapple to lift log butts off the ground to snake them out instead of tearing up the forest floor by dragging them.’
    • ‘He finds that trees with a butt diameter of about 12 inches are ideal for top production.’
    • ‘Irving came up with the idea of installing a grapple saw on the chipper cranes to select and buck the prime butt sawlogs before chipping the rest of the tree.’
    • ‘The ground burns just scorched the butts a bit, whereas the crown fires damaged the stems.’
    • ‘We've processed our fair share behind the buncher in the 38-to 40-in. range at the butt.’
    • ‘It has proven faster than the Hornet, he says, adding that the use of a photocell to find the butt on each new log has helped pick up extra production.’
    • ‘The locations of burnt tree butts and charred logs were recorded within 2.5 m on either side of the line.’
    • ‘Instead, it tends to tear them out as the tooth forces its way through the tree, consuming much more energy and producing a much rougher, uneven tree butt.’


[no object]
  • 1Adjoin or meet end to end.

    ‘the shop butted up against the row of houses’

    • ‘Mr. Johnston discovered as well that the inner block wall simply butted up to the vertical column and did not engage the column flange.’
    • ‘I wanted to put the unit into my lowest drive bay, but couldn't since in my case it butted up against one of the capacitors on the motherboard.’
    • ‘I veered right, where the backs of a few stores butted up against our subdivision.’
    • ‘Meticulously realistic painting butted up against raucous videos, fine handcraftsmanship shared the stage with works assembled of found objects.’
    • ‘Used to be, there was a section of land out there to the west that butted up against the west shore of that there lake, and it grazed sheep.’
    • ‘Our little boat butted against the waves, sending up clouds of spray.’
    • ‘And, we butt up against these cliffs, you know, that tower anywhere between 250 to 500 feet tall.’
    • ‘Don't allow text to butt up against graphic elements on your site or photographs, etc.’
    • ‘Where there should have been a wide open space butting up to a keep, there was instead of a large, luxuriously appointed reception room.’
    • ‘The north side neighbor's back yard is butting into ours, ever so slowly.’
    • ‘These two subjects are butting up against one another, and the values of Canadians are about to be put to the test.’
    • ‘Remember to add a slight slope away from your house for drainage if the patio is butting against it.’
    • ‘The range butts up against the glorious Yellowstone National Park.’
    • ‘Staaten National Park, one of Queensland's biggest, butts up to Strathmore's northern boundary, adjoining the Red River section.’
    • ‘Mary Lynn butted up against his side, her blue eyes wide, her smile shy, as if she expected to be pounced on and handcuffed.’
    • ‘Some weeds in the stone and where it butts to the road were evident.’
    • ‘Ware's own pieces that subvert the form of the old Sunday-funnies page - with a bunch of tiny, existentially grim comic strips butting up against each other - are great.’
    • ‘It is not essential that the ends of the strips butt right up against each other.’
    • ‘However, the joints at the ends of the siding where the pieces butt into one another should fall over a stud.’
    • ‘Where regions are back-to-back, click over the two markers that butt up against each other.’

    adjoin, abut, butt up to, be next to, be adjacent to, border, border on, neighbour, verge on, bound on, be contiguous with, be connected to, communicate with, link up with, extend as far as, extend to

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    1. 1.1with objectJoin (pieces of stone, timber, and other building materials) with the ends or sides flat against each other.

      ‘The halves are then placed over the row and are butted up against each other.’

      • ‘The lenses could be butted up against each other.’
      • ‘That ought not to have happened as slabs should not butt each other.’
      • ‘To assemble each frame for the screen, I placed the framed art face down, butting one straight-cut piece against the top of each frame and three together against the bottom of each frame.’
      • ‘They were designed that way, lengths of bronze tubing, with columnar supports butted to the sides of the coffin.’
      • ‘The ventilation underneath is welcome, but not especially useful, especially when it's butted up against the side handle in a rather ugly fashion.’
      • ‘These can be ugly and tend to pull apart if merely butted up against each other.’
      • ‘Workers butted the panels together and sealed the joints with special seaming tape.’
      • ‘It was so tough that to lengthen a sleeve, for example, you simply butted the new section to the old and sewed them together.’
      • ‘Two nearly identical low walls are butted end-to-end to form a very open angle, as though mirroring each other.’
      • ‘If the end butts a wall, attach a square-corner end splash to the end of the countertop with screws before you install the top.’
      • ‘He loves the way the narrow two storeyed homes are butted up close together in the city but he wanted to put them into a Waiheke landscape where they would have room to play.’
      • ‘The beach has a vast grassed area butting the seashore and attracts thousands of visitors and residents in the summer.’
      • ‘It's their edges that give the entire construction its form and its solidity: edges butted up against other edges.’
      • ‘Now place the second board, butted at right angles to the first, and transfer its profile onto the end of the first board with a pencil.’


Late Middle English the noun apparently related to Dutch bot ‘stumpy’, also to buttock; the verb partly from butt, reinforced by abut.

Main meanings of butt in English

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Pronunciation /bʌt/

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  • 1A cask, typically used for wine, beer, or water.

    ‘a butt of malmsey’

    • ‘George's treacherous intriguing persisted until in 1478 Edward sent him to the Tower where, according to tradition, he was drowned in a butt of malmsey wine.’
    • ‘We should all be thinking about collecting more water in butts and larger tanks during the wetter winters to come, and the building of ponds and other water-design features.’
    • ‘The Sheriff of Nottingham proclaimed a shooting match and offered a prize of a butt of ale to whosoever should shoot the best shaft in Nottinghamshire.’
    • ‘Why a butt of wine should be a cask of wine of 570 litres whereas a butt of beer is a keg of eighty litres less is questionable.’
    • ‘Modern plastic butts hold about 190 litres of rainwater.’
    • ‘The cedar butt has a large capacity of 65 gallons (approx).’

    cask, keg, butt, vat, tun, tub, drum, tank, firkin, hogshead, kilderkin, pin, pipe, barrique

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  • 2US A liquid measure equal to 126 US gallons (equivalent to 477.5 litres).

    ‘The pension was originally stipulated at £100 and a butt of sack (108 gallons of sweet wine) yearly.’

    • ‘They are marked with a "C" and a balance, and were sold at $120 a butt of 110 imperial gallons.’
    • ‘When imperial measure was introduced in 1825, the gallon and thus the butt were redefined.’


Late Middle English from Old French bot, from late Latin buttis.

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  • the thick end of a weapon or tool
  • the part of a cigarette or cigar that is left after it has been smoked
    • an ashtray full of cigarette butts
  • (British English)a large round container for storing or collecting liquids
  • (especially North American English, informal)the part of the body that you sit onsynonymbuttocks
    • Get off your butt and do some work!
    • Get your butt over here! (= Come here!)
  • the act of hitting somebody with your headsee alsoheadbutt
  • Word Originnoun sense 5 Middle English: from Old French boter, of Germanic origin. to be the butt of something. Middle English (originally referring to an archery target or range): from Old French but, of unknown origin; perhaps influenced by French butte ‘rising ground’. noun senses 1 to 2 and noun sense 4 late Middle English: apparently related to Dutch bot ‘stumpy’, also to buttock. noun sense 3 late Middle English: from Old French bot, from late Latin buttis.


    Look up a word, learn it forever.

    Your butt is your buttocks, your tush, your rear end. Saying butt is more childish than offensive.

    Butt is a four-letter word, though using it won't get you in much trouble — It's much less offensive than ass. It also has plenty of other meanings, like butting into a conversation (interrupting it) or the butt of a gun (the thick end). If you make fun of someone, they are the butt of your jokes. The used end of a cigarette is called a butt, too. But you'll hear it more often in phrases like "Get your butt in here!"

    Definitions of butt

    1. noun

      the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
    2. noun

      thick end of the handle
      synonyms:butt end
    3. noun

      the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
    4. noun

      the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
      synonyms:ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush
    5. noun

      a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping
      synonyms:butt joint
    6. verb

      lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
      synonyms:abut, adjoin, border, butt against, butt on, edge, march
    7. verb

      place end to end without overlapping

      “The frames must be butted at the joints”

    8. noun

      sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
    9. noun

      a victim of ridicule or pranks
      synonyms:goat, laughingstock, stooge
    10. verb

      to strike, thrust or shove against

      “He butted his sister out of the way”

      “The goat butted the hiker with his horns”

    11. noun

      finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
      synonyms:cigaret, cigarette, coffin nail, fag
    12. noun

      a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)

    Of butt definition

    Hung on her elbows. While she was sleeping, the T-shirt got off her in a dream. She knew that her dad would only leave work at 4, so you can walk around naked.

    True definition of butt hurt

    The guy who was in the shower came up to Katya and joined the oral group sex, immersing his penis in the mouth of Angela's black-haired friend. So they had fun for about ten minutes, until Maxim began to breathe quickly. Now, yourself, caress him. Angela opened her eyes, and began to suck on the thick piston, moving her head, she fiddled with the bridle with her tongue and crumpled.

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    _ Now it's my turn to tear. You up in the face. - I said and I immediately got up. As soon as I moved Karina's face to my groin, she twisted and grabbed my balls painfully.

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