American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who slaughters and dresses animals for food or market.
- n. One who sells meats.
- n. One that kills brutally or indiscriminately.
- n. A vendor, especially one on a train or in a theater.
- n. One who bungles something.
- v. To slaughter or prepare (animals) for market.
- v. To kill brutally or indiscriminately.
- v. To botch; bungle: butcher a project; butchered the language.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who slaughters animals for market; one whose occupation is the killing of animals for food.“
- n. An executioner.
- n. One who kills in a cruel or bloody manner; one guilty of indiscriminate slaughter.
- n. Figuratively, an unskilful workman or performer; a bungler; a botch.
- To kill or slaughter for food or for market.
- To murder, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.
- Figuratively, to treat bunglingly; make a botch of; spoil by bad work: as, to butcher a job; the play was butchered by the actors.
- n. A long drink of beer.
- n. A person who prepares and sells meat (and sometimes also slaughters the animals).
- n. by extension A brutal or indiscriminate killer.
- n. Cockney rhyming slang A look.
- n. informal, obsolete A person who sells candy, drinks, etc. in theatres, trains, circuses, etc.
- v. transitive To slaughter animals and prepare meat for market.
- v. transitive To kill brutally.
- v. transitive To ruin something, often to the point of defamation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for food.
- n. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as in battle.
- v. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market.
- v. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.
- v. to bungle badly; to botch; -- used also when an object is damaged (literally or figuratively) in an activity.
- n. someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
- n. a retailer of meat
- n. a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
- v. kill (animals) usually for food consumption
- n. a brutal indiscriminate murderer
- From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman boucher, from Old French bouchier ("goat slaughterer"), from bouc ("goat"), of Germanic origin. More at buck. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bucher, from Old French bouchier, from bouc, boc, he-goat, probably of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“God never intended to make the _butcher_ a judge, nor the _baker_ a president, but to protect them according to their claims as butcher and baker.”
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“Just because he has what we call a butcher haircut, don't think he's German, because he isn't.”
“But it waswrapped in butcher paper and tasted great.”
“Pretty hard to tell one from another wrapped in butcher paper.”
“I roll in butcher paper then they can stay in freezer for months that way.”
“Seems the great butcher is suffering from the same thing as the subject of “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” (Up the Irons!) and will do anything for relief.”
“Those of you familiar with this blog and its environs will know that a certain butcher in Uppingham is rewarded with many walk-on parts, mainly for his pork pies.”
“We see the same idea in butcher's blue and white striped aprons.”
“He never quite made it to be a surgeon, it seems a butcher is more up his alley: Busskohl, now 18, faces charges that prosecutors say stem from a plan for the gruesome killing of a neighboring stranger.”
“Found in butcher shops and at the marketplace, mesas de carniceros are constructed of hearty proportions to withstand the chopping of butchers 'cleavers.”
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