Definitions

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

  • n. Wanton or cruel killing; carnage.
  • n. Something botched; a bungle.
  • n. The trade of a butcher.
  • n. Chiefly British A slaughterhouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The cruel, ruthless killings of humans, as at a slaughterhouse.
  • n. An abattoir, a slaughterhouse.
  • n. The butchering of meat.
  • n. A disastrous effort, an atrocious failure.
  • n. The stereotypical behaviors and accouterments of being a butch lesbian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The business of a butcher.
  • n. Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.
  • n. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Slaughter; the act or business of slaughtering cattle.
  • n. The killing of a human being, especially in a barbarous manner; also, the killing of a large number, as in battle; great slaughter.
  • n. The place where animals are killed for market; a shambles or slaughter-house; hence, a place where blood is shed.
  • n. Synonyms Carnage, etc. See massacre.

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

  • n. the business of a butcher
  • n. the savage and excessive killing of many people
  • n. a building where animals are butchered

Etymologies

butcher +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • This word was used in the movie "Alexander" when the historian was talking about the battle in India.

    June 13, 2012