Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To hit or push against with the head or horns; ram.
  • intransitive v. To hit or push something with the head or horns.
  • intransitive v. To project forward or out.
  • n. A push or blow with the head or horns.
  • butt in To interfere or meddle in other people's affairs.
  • butt out Slang To leave someone alone.
  • butt out Slang To leave; depart.
  • transitive v. To join or be joined end to end; abut.
  • n. A butt joint.
  • n. A butt hinge.
  • n. One that serves as an object of ridicule or contempt: I was the butt of their jokes.
  • n. A target, as in archery or riflery.
  • n. A target range.
  • n. An obstacle behind a target for stopping the shot.
  • n. An embankment or hollow used as a blind by hunters of wildfowl.
  • n. Archaic A goal.
  • n. Obsolete A bound; a limit.
  • n. The larger or thicker end of an object: the butt of a rifle.
  • n. An unburned end, as of a cigarette.
  • n. Informal A cigarette.
  • n. A short or broken remnant; a stub.
  • n. Informal The buttocks; the rear end.
  • n. A large cask.
  • n. A unit of volume equal to two hogsheads, usually the equivalent of 126 U.S. gallons (about 477 liters).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The buttocks; used as a euphemism, less objectionable than arse/ass
  • n. The whole buttocks and pelvic region that includes one's private parts.
  • n. Body; self.
  • n. A used cigarette.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
  • n. A mark to be shot at; a target.
  • n. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
  • n. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed.
  • n. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head; a head butt.
  • n. A thrust in fencing.
  • n. The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to prevent injury.
  • n. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
  • n. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
  • n. A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; – also called a butt joint.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
  • n. The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  • n. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
  • n. An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons which is one-half tun; equivalent to the pipe.
  • n. A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.
  • n. Any of various flatfish such as sole, plaice or turbot
  • n. hassock.
  • v. To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
  • n. The larger or thicker end of anything; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp end. Formerly also spelled but. See 2nd but, n. sense 2.
  • n. A mark to be shot at; a target.
  • n. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed.
  • n. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal.
  • n. A thrust in fencing.
  • n. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
  • n.
  • n. A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; -- also called butt joint.
  • n. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
  • n. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
  • n. The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
  • n. A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc.; -- so named because fastened on the edge of the door, which butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
  • n. The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  • n. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
  • n. The buttocks; ; -- used as a euphemism, less objectionable than ass.
  • n. A large cask or vessel for wine or beer. It contains two hogsheads.
  • n. The common English flounder.
  • intransitive v. To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut.
  • intransitive v. To thrust the head forward; to strike by thrusting the head forward, as an ox or a ram. [See Butt, n.]
  • transitive v. To strike by thrusting the head against; to strike with the head.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike by thrusting, as with the end of a beam or heavy stick, or with the horns, tusks, or head, as an ox, a boar, or a ram; strike with the head.
  • To strike anything by thrusting the head against it, as an ox or a ram; have a habit of striking in this manner.
  • To join at the end or outward extremity; abut; be contiguous.
  • Specifically, in ship-building, to abut end to end; fit together end to end, as two planks.
  • Also spelled but.
  • To lay down bounds or limits for.
  • To cut off the ends of, as boards, in order to make square ends or to remove faulty portions.
  • To abut. See butt, verb, II., 2, 3.
  • Also spelled but.
  • To challenge to a trial of skill in wood-cutting.
  • In lumbering, to undertake, as a trial of skill, to cut off the butt-end of a prostrate log while an opponent is cutting through the smaller end.
  • n. A push or thrust given by the head of an animal: as, the butt of a ram.
  • n. A thrust in fencing.
  • n. The end or extremity of a thing.
  • n. In ship-building, the end of a plank or piece of timber which exactly meets another endwise in a ship's side or bottom; also, the juncture of two such pieces.
  • n. In machinery, the square end of a connecting-rod or other link, to which the bush-bearing is attached.
  • n. In carpentry, a door-hinge consisting of two plates of metal, or leaves, which interlock so as to form a movable joint, being held together by a pin or pintle.
  • n. In agriculture: A ridge in a plowed field, especially when not of full length. Hence— A gore or gare. plural A small detached or disjoined parcel of land left over in surveying.
  • n. In the leather trade, a hide of sole-leather with the belly and shoulders cut off; a rounded crop.
  • n. A hassock.
  • n. The standing portion of a half-coupling at the end of a hose; the metallic ring at the end of the hose of a fire-engine, or the like, to which the nozle is screwed.
  • n. In target-shooting: In archery, a mark to shoot at. In rifle-practice, a wooden target composed of several thicknesses of boards, with small spaces between them, so that the depth to which bullets penetrate can be ascertained. In gunnery, a solid embankment of earth or sand into which projectiles are fired in testing guns, or in making ballistic experiments. plural The range or place where archery, rifle, or gunnery practice is carried on, in distinction from the field. See target.
  • n. A person or thing that serves as a mark for shafts of wit or ridicule, or as an object of sarcastic or contemptuous remarks.
  • n. A goal; a bound; a limit.
  • n. In coal-mininig, the surface of the coal which is at right angles to the face.
  • n. A shoemakers' knife.
  • n. Also spelled but.
  • n. A leathern bottle or flask; a bucket: in this sense only in Middle English, usually spelled bit or bitt.
  • n. A large cask, especially one to contain wine.
  • n. A measure of wine equal to 126 United States (that is, old wine) gallons; a pipe.
  • n. A beehive.
  • n. A cart.
  • n. See but.
  • n. In archery, the end of an arrow which is held against the bowstring in shooting: opposed to point.
  • n. A shelter or concealment, built of blocks of peat or turf, for the gunner in grouse-driving on English and Scotch moors. Also called a battery.
  • n. In the tobacco trade, a box 12 inches square, holding from 15 to 50 pounds.
  • n. plural The ends or ‘cuttings’ of jute rejected by the manufacturer of cloth or bagging. They are used in making coarse kinds of paper.

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

  • v. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
  • n. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  • n. finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
  • v. place end to end without overlapping
  • n. a victim of ridicule or pranks
  • n. the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
  • n. a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
  • n. sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
  • v. to strike, thrust or shove against
  • n. a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping
  • n. the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
  • n. thick end of the handle

Etymologies

Middle English butten, from Old French bouter, to strike, of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English butten, from Anglo-Norman butter (variant of Old French bouter; see butt1) and from but, end; see butt4.
Middle English butte, target, from Old French, from but, goal, end, target; see butt4.
Middle English butte, from Old French but, end, of Germanic origin.
Middle English, from Old French boute, from Late Latin *buttia, variant of buttis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • 126 gallons. Composed of two hogsheads.

    August 29, 2010

  • "In case any men continued to leave alcohol production to women, the new experts assured them that they were wrong. Morrice warned that 'when a butt wants fining down, many appoint a servant girl to perform that office by whom the bungs are left out, and many other acts committed, which all tend to discredit the brewer, although he does not deserve it."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 98

    I'm not sure any young servant girl ought properly to know how to fine down a butt.

    June 9, 2010

  • He's crying for us, in Argentina.

    August 8, 2008

  • Don't 'thick end of the handle' me, with your but buts.
    ;)

    Where IS AbraxasZugzwang anyhow?!

    August 7, 2008

  • But, but ...

    August 7, 2008

  • Yes, definition #4 is exquisite: "Something determined in relation to something that includes it." Oh, WeirdNet. You're always so . . . precise.

    August 7, 2008

  • Actually... You need butts (of a sort) to participate in archery, which is an Olympic sport. *is a bit stunned that bilby's bizarre assertion is somewhat accurate*

    And what's with that last definition? Oh Weirdnet. You're so weird.

    August 7, 2008

  • 'equipment needed to participate in a particular sport' was the one that mystified me. I hope Chinese authorities have ensured an adequate supply of butts for the Olympic Games.

    August 7, 2008

  • I especially like WeirdNET's fourth and eighth definitions. WTF?

    August 7, 2008

  • I randomed this, honestly! *facepalm*

    August 7, 2008

  • Clearly this word most commonly refers to the "thick end of the handle," and not, as I mistakenly believed, a person's posterior. Thank you, WordNet!

    November 8, 2007

  • And I cannot lie.

    November 7, 2007

  • Ah yes, that old legend about George, duke of Clarence being drowned in a butt of malmsey wine in the Tower of London... It does seem that 126 gallons would be enough to do the trick.

    November 7, 2007

  • A unit of volume equal to two hogsheads or 126 gallons.

    November 7, 2007

  • for a cigarette, my old man says cigabutt.

    March 14, 2007