from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any device used to fasten buttons to a garment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which buttons; a button-hook.
  • n. A decoy.


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  • Plus threatening to kill someone or their loved ones if they spill the beans is usually a pretty effective lip-buttoner!

    Posthuman Blues

  • Gracie -- she was a little thing then, and, bein 'the youngest, a little sassy and sp'iled, mebbe -- had been on a trip to the city, and she'd brought her ma a present of a shoe-buttoner with a handle a full foot long.

    Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885

  • Marjory's feelings had been soothed by a pair of tan-colored kids, three-buttoned, stitched on the backs, accompanied by a glove-buttoner and a hug from John.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • There rolled out a heterogeneous collection of things: a white muslin garment which proved to be a nightgown, with long sleeves and high collar; a half-dozen hair curlers – I knew those; Edith had been seen, in midnight emergencies, with her hair twisted around just such instruments of torture – a shoe buttoner; a railroad map, and one new and unworn black kid glove.

    The Window at the White Cat

  • Farquhar and general buttoner-up-the-back to the entire feminine contingent of the party.

    The Highgrader

  • Kitty had a little pocket-book, a silver shoe-buttoner, a blank-book, a pretty silk pincushion, and a bangle like Marjorie's.

    Marjorie's New Friend

  • Old Urique keeps anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 in his house all the time in a little safe that you could open with a shoe buttoner.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)

  • Pencil and penknife, scent-bottle, glove-buttoner, and, best of all, a tiny mirror, in which he viewed his still tearful countenance with undisguised satisfaction.

    A Venetian June

  • There's nothing like a boot-buttoner to pick locks.

    Evening Dress Farce

  • The man looks nice in a buttoner, but who wouldn't have their suit game tight with $111 million?

    SLAM Online


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