Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Exhibiting stereotypically or exaggeratedly masculine traits or appearance. Used especially of lesbians and gay men.
  • n. Slang One who is butch.
  • n. A haircut in which the hair is cropped close to the head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very masculine, with a masculine appearance or attitude.
  • n. A lesbian who appears masculine or acts in a masculine manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. markedly masculine in appearance or manner; -- used of men.
  • adj. same as lesbian.
  • n. a lesbian who is noticeably masculine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To butcher; cut, as flesh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
  • adj. used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
  • adj. (of male or female homosexuals) characterized by stereotypically male traits or appearance

Etymologies

Probably from the male nickname Butch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally it was probably used as an abbreviation of butcher. Later, in the 1940s, the sense "aggressive lesbian" was developed. (Wiktionary)

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