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

  • n. A generally disk-shaped fastener used to join two parts of a garment by fitting through a buttonhole or loop.
  • n. Such an object used for decoration.
  • n. Any of various objects resembling a button, especially:
  • n. A push-button switch.
  • n. The blunt tip of a fencing foil.
  • n. A fused metal or glass globule.
  • n. Computer Science In graphical user interface systems, a well-defined area within the interface that is clicked to select a command.
  • n. Computer Science In a hypertext database, an icon that when selected allows a user to view a particular associated object.
  • n. Any of various knoblike structures of a plant or animal, especially:
  • n. An immature, unexpanded mushroom.
  • n. The tip of a rattlesnake's rattle.
  • n. A usually round flat badge that bears a design or printed information and is typically pinned to a garment: a campaign button.
  • n. Informal The end of the chin, regarded as the point of impact for a punch.
  • transitive v. To fasten with buttons: buttoned his shirt; buttoned up her raincoat.
  • transitive v. To decorate or furnish with buttons.
  • transitive v. Informal To close (the lips or mouth): Button your lip.
  • intransitive v. To be or be capable of being fastened with buttons: The blouse buttons up the back.
  • button up To fasten one's clothing tightly, as against cold weather.
  • button up To close or seal securely: button up the cabin for winter.
  • button up To complete the final details of: "Publication is a couple of months off; they're just buttoning up paperback rights” ( Donald Dale Jackson).
  • idiom on the button Exactly; precisely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
  • n. An on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
  • n. A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
  • n. A bud.
  • n. The clitoris.
  • n. The center (bullseye) of the house.
  • n. The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
  • n. A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.
  • n. The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.
  • n. A raised pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.
  • n. A methaqualone tablet (used as a recreational drug).
  • v. To be fastened by a button or buttons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
  • n. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten together the different parts of dress, by being attached to one part, and passing through a slit, called a buttonhole, in the other; -- used also for ornament.
  • n. A bud; a germ of a plant.
  • n. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a door.
  • n. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
  • transitive v. To fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose or make secure with buttons; -- often followed by up.
  • transitive v. To dress or clothe.
  • intransitive v. To be fastened by a button or buttons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any knob or ball fastened to another body; specifically, such an object used to secure together different parts of a garment, to one portion of which it is fastened in such a way that it can be passed through a slit (called a buttonhole) in another portion, or through a loop.
  • n. plural (used as a singular). A page: so called from the buttons, commonly gilt, which adorn his jacket.
  • n. A knob of gold, crystal, coral, ruby, or other precious stone, worn by Chinese officials, both civil and military, on the tops of their hats as a badge of rank; hence, the rank itself: as, a blue button.
  • n. A knob or protuberance resembling a button.
  • n. A bud of a plant.
  • n. A flat or elongated piece of wood or metal, turning on a nail or screw, used to fasten doors, windows, etc.
  • n. A small round mass of metal lying at the bottom of a crucible or cupel after fusion.
  • n. In an organ, a small round piece of leather which, when screwed on the tapped wire of a tracker, prevents it from jumping out of place.
  • n. A ring of leather through which the reins of a bridle pass, and which runs along the length of the reins.
  • n. In zoology: The terminal segment of the crepitaculum or rattle of a rattlesnake. See crepitaculum.
  • n. In entomology, a knob-like protuberance on the posterior extremity of the larvæ of certain butterflies, also called the anal button or cremaster. Sometimes there is a second one, called the preanal button.
  • n. plural A name given to young mushrooms, such as are used for pickling.
  • n. plural Sheep's dung: sometimes used for dung in general.
  • n. A small cake.
  • n. A person who acts as a decoy.
  • To attach a button or buttons to.
  • To fasten with a button or buttons; secure, or join the parts or edges of, with buttons: often followed by up: as, to button up a waistcoat.
  • To be capable of being buttoned.
  • n. A finger-knob or key on the concertina and some accordions.
  • n. In pathology, any small, rounded, circumscribed elevation on the cutaneous or mucous surface.
  • To bud or form imperfect heads, offsets, rosettes, tubers, or bulbs: for example, the cauliflower buttons when the head sends up imperfect and irregular glomerules, thus destroying the symmetry and solidity of the head.

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

  • v. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
  • v. provide with buttons
  • n. a female sexual organ homologous to the penis
  • n. a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
  • n. a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment
  • n. any artifact that resembles a button
  • n. any of various plant parts that resemble buttons
  • v. fasten with buttons
  • n. a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes
  • n. an electrical switch operated by pressing


Middle English, from Old French bouton, from bouter, to thrust, of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French boton (French bouton), itself either from Late Latin *bottōnem, probably ultimately from a Germanic language, or from bouter + -on. (Wiktionary)


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  • *unhands fox's paws*

    September 15, 2009

  • reesetee - please unhand my paws!

    does potter puppet pal professor snape have a cold?

    September 15, 2009

  • Button, Oh button, where hast though fled?
    Did thee tarry too long, amongst fabric and thread?
    Did thee roll off by bosom and cease to exist?
    How I wish I could follow thee, into the mist.

    -Snape, Snape's Diary, Potter Puppet Pals

    Say what you like...I find them funny. :-)

    September 15, 2009

  • If she is bandying about a first word, I think her first Wordie list is now overdue.

    March 9, 2009

  • Chained, I had the same experience with my parents. To this day, I have to catch myself when I'm set to deliberately mispronounce words around strangers.

    *rubs fox paws together*

    John, congrats on the little one's first word. An impressive one indeed.

    March 9, 2009

  • Haha! That shoud be on the bubble wrap page :D

    March 7, 2009

  • Push The Red Button.

    March 7, 2009

  • My globetrotting uncle inculcated me in the ways of fox's poss.

    I don't recall my parents correcting my language, save one occasion when I burst into their bedroom one Saturday morning armed with scribble pad. It was a birthday present from my brother, who, determined to find the cheapest thing he could pass off as a gift, decided that 5 cents on a jotter would successfully placate me. He was right: I immediately sensed the power of My Own Stationery. I proceeded to write a list of the biggest and most impressive words I could think of, culminating in the massive sholder. It was such a long word I was sure mum and dad wouldn't mind having their Saddy lie-in interrupted to see it. Mum looked carefully down the list of words and gently added a 'u' to make it shoulder. While I was miffed that the piece de resistance of my First Grand Wordlist had been incorrect, I was secretly thrilled that I now knew how to spell it right. And it was even longer than I thought! I hope, somewhere, I still have that scribble pad.

    P.S. I always hated the word jotter and crossed it out on the cover.

    March 6, 2009

  • *pats fox gently on head with giant paw*

    You know, now every time I see the word misled, I pronounce it "MY-zld." Hilarious. :)

    March 6, 2009

  • *Let it be noted that my intense (platonic) interspecies internet crush on c_b has just intensified several degrees*

    March 6, 2009

  • My parents were constantly pronouncing things wrong on purpose just to be funny. Like "fox pass" instead of "faux pas."

    That probably explains a lot.

    March 6, 2009

  • My parents were the opposite, I was constantly corrected on my pronunciation and grammar. And here I am, on Wordie, constantly correcting people.

    March 6, 2009

  • I think I did both, sionnach, which may account for spawn's weirdness as well as its brilliance. :)

    I think spawn was convinced well into its teens, for example, that cows with any white on them give white milk, while entirely brown/black cows give chocolate milk.

    I even managed, somehow, to explain away strawberry milk, once that started appearing in the grocery stores pre-mixed and the inevitable question arose. I don't recall entirely, but my excuse was something like, "Well, *that* milk has strawberry syrup added to it after it comes out of the cow. And of course you can make chocolate milk that way too, but you don't *have* to, if you have an all-black or all-brown cow."

    March 6, 2009

  • I'm curious c_b. Did you correct spawn's inevitable mispronunciations as s/he was growing up? Or was your family like mine, where the "grownups" would snicker to themselves each time I butchered epitome and misled, well into my teens? It's no wonder I turned out as weird as I did, all things considered.

    March 6, 2009

  • That is indeed a great first word.

    It reminds me of a sad/creepy story about my great-grandmother, involving buttons.

    On another note, my nephew's first word was "stereo." And I have a recording of spawn, when it was very young, saying "non-sequitur." Not spawn's first word, but still a remarkably entertaining recording.

    March 6, 2009

  • Oh, wow. That's beautiful. A good choice for a first unequivocal word.

    March 6, 2009

  • My daughter's first unequivocal word. There have been ambiguous maybe-words for a while. "Mama"... followed by a string of spittle-inflected vowels while she points at the fridge. But a few days ago she began began grabbing buttons, looking at you soulfully, and saying "button."

    March 6, 2009

  • "Anyone got change for a button?"
    - Mr. Burns

    "They took you up to midnight mass and left you in the lurch,
    So you dropped a button in the plate and spewed up in the church"
    - "The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn", The Pogues

    December 22, 2006