Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Exhibiting stereotypically masculine appearance or behavior. Used especially of lesbians and gay men.
  • noun Slang One who is butch.
  • noun A haircut in which the hair is cropped close to the head.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To butcher; cut, as flesh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective markedly masculine in appearance or manner; -- used of men.
  • adjective pejorative same as lesbian.
  • noun a lesbian who is noticeably masculine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective slang Very masculine, with a masculine appearance or attitude.
  • noun informal A lesbian who appears masculine or acts in a masculine manner.

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

  • noun (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
  • adjective used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
  • adjective (of male or female homosexuals) characterized by stereotypically male traits or appearance

Etymologies

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

[Probably from the male nickname Butch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originally it was probably used as an abbreviation of butcher. Later, in the 1940s, the sense "aggressive lesbian" was developed.

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