Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man who sells butter.
- n. dated A man who makes or sells butter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man who makes or sells butter.
- butter + -man (Wiktionary)
“Jo is requested to follow into the drawing – room doorway, where Mr. Guppy takes him in hand as a witness, patting him into this shape, that shape, and the other shape like a butterman dealing with so much butter, and worrying him according to the best models.”
“Nothing short of omniscience can divine what visions of the baker, or the green – grocer, or the smart and most insinuating butterman, are flitting across her mind — what thoughts of how she would dress on such an occasion, if she were a lady — of how she would dress, if she were only a bride — of how cook would dress, being bridesmaid, conjointly with her sister ‘in place’ at”
“Firkins, my butterman, was a knight — a knight and alderman.”
“This vigilant grocer and butterman, tea, coffee, tobacco, and snuffman, hosier also, and general provider for the outer as well as the inner man, had much of that enterprise in his nature which the country believes to come from London.”
“Oh, good Lord!" exclaimed the young butterman, throwing up both arms in his despair, "here's a go!”
“In the absence of any lucrative employment he was only able to carry on his work by pawning his lay-figure, and borrowing off his butterman.”
“Sucklethumb, the butterman, because he never "notices the child.”
“_ Why should a butterman, then, have an absolute right in the sale of his butter?”
“When Christie died I was in Ireland, and on my return to London I discovered that the whole collection had been sold to a butterman as waste-paper at a farthing per pound.”
“Carrie arranged with Borset, the butterman, and ordered a pound of fresh butter, and a pound and a half of salt ditto for kitchen, and a shilling's worth of eggs.”
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