Definitions

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  • v. To serve as or perform the duties of a butler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act as butler.
  • n. A Scotch form of bottle.

Etymologies

Back-formation from butler. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We have to keep quiet, be respectful and buttle them.

    'Free' healthcare? That has to be the greatest oxymoron of our age | AL Kennedy

  • Kitteh plans revenge on hoomans buyz hiding skwirty buttle in bed

    So… - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • He liked the food, he liked seeing his father buttle, and he liked these amazing freaks who were, it appeared, fellow-inmates with him of this highly desirable residence.

    Piccadilly Jim

  • It is, if I may say so, more than a pleasure — it is an education, to valet and buttle your lordship.

    Whose Body

  • The first two pretty much sum up Winner's USP - he doesn't buttle these days even if you've won a clutch of Oscars - the very epitome of a wise fool, who knows when to call the shots and when to judiciously ramp up the campery.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • This brings us around to Anderson who, despite his smug inflections, knows to buttle in this scenario rather than dominate, which is to his credit.

    The Age News Headlines

  • So, you're glamping out on Mars, and of course you need someone to buttle you as you relax within your well appointed, synthetic diamond-reinforced space tent; who better than a

    Engadget

  • - So, you're glamping out on Mars, and of course you need someone to buttle you as you relax within your well appointed, synthetic diamond-reinforced space tent; who better than a robotic butler?

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • At the other end of the spectrum from those posts is today's buttle from

    Express Milwaukee

  • April 1st, 2009 at 7: 13 pm Said: doesn't buttle deserve credit for reminding us of his projection that kellen would be better than cutler??? esp. in the season of march madness, most sports pundits like to have it both ways and flip-flop constantly.

    thejetsblog.com

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  • The OED has quotations back to 1867 for the sense "serve drinks"; in the more general sense "act as butler" it quotes Mrs Humphrey Ward from 1918 (The under~housemaid ‘buttles’ for him like a lamb.), and in the same year Wodehouse for the gerundial noun (How on earth did you come to be here? What's the idea? Why the buttling?).

    July 14, 2008

  • Which reminds me of the classic short story/Twilight Zone ep, "To Serve Man" - in case you don't know it, the entire premise of the episode is based on a pun on the title.

    July 9, 2008

  • I suppose it should be described as "to serve" or something horribly boring like that.

    July 8, 2008

  • However else does one describe what a butler does?

    July 8, 2008

  • According to the pompous Kenneth G. Wilson (The Columbia Guide to Standard American English), buttle (v.) "is a back-formation from butler (past tense and past participle are buttled) describing what this functionary does: at best it is Conversational and Informal; at worst it is slang."

    I beg to differ, sir - it is hilarious and adorable.

    July 8, 2008

  • I think Wodehouse invented this - backformation from butler.

    July 8, 2008