from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft yellowish or whitish emulsion of butterfat, water, air, and sometimes salt, churned from milk or cream and processed for use in cooking and as a food.
- n. Any of various substances similar to butter, especially:
- n. A spread made from fruit, nuts, or other foods: apple butter.
- n. A vegetable fat having a nearly solid consistency at ordinary temperatures.
- n. Flattery.
- transitive v. To put butter on or in.
- butter up To praise or flatter excessively: You're always buttering up the boss.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soft, fatty foodstuff made by churning the cream of milk (generally cow's milk).
- n. Any specific soft substance.
- n. 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).
- v. To spread butter on.
- v. To move one's weight backwards or forwards onto the tips or tails of one's skis or snowboard so only the tip or tail is in contact with the snow.
- n. Someone who butts; someone who butts in
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An oily, unctuous substance obtained from cream or milk by churning.
- n. Any substance resembling butter in degree of consistence, or other qualities, especially, in old chemistry, the chlorides, as butter of antimony, sesquichloride of antimony; also, certain concrete fat oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures, as butter of cacao, vegetable butter, shea butter.
- transitive v. To cover or spread with butter.
- transitive v. To increase, as stakes, at every throw or every game.
- n. One who, or that which, butts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fatty portion of milk.
- n. In old chemistry, a term applied to certain anhydrous metallic chlorids of buttery consistence and fusibility.
- To smear with butter.
- To flatter grossly: as, he buttered him to his heart's content.
- In gambling slang, to stake the previous winnings, with addition, at every throw or every game.
- n. One who or that which butts; an animal that butts.
- n. A machine for sawing off the ends of boards, to square them and remove faulty parts.
- n. An obsolete form of bittern. Compare butterbump.
- n. One who has charge of a butt or fire-bucket. See butt, n., 1.
- In cricket, to fail to make a simple and easy catch; to muff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use
- n. a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head
- v. spread butter on
Middle English butere, from Old English, from Latin būtȳrum, from Greek boutūron : bous, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + tūros, cheese; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English butere ("butter"), from West Germanic *buterô (“butter”) (compare West Frisian buter, Dutch boter, German Butter), from Latin būtȳrum, from Ancient Greek βούτῡρον (boútȳron, "cow cheese"), compound of βοῦς (boûs, "ox, cow") and τῡρός (tyrós, "cheese"), from Scythian (compare Avestan (tūiri, "curdled milk, whey")), from Proto-Indo-European *tuHrós (compare Middle Indic tūra ("cheese"), Russian творог (tvoróg, "curds, soft cheese"), Old English þweran ("to churn"), ge-þweor ("curds")) (Wiktionary)
butt + -er (Wiktionary)