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butch

[boo ch] /bʊtʃ/
noun
2.
Slang. a lesbian, especially one notably masculine in manner or appearance.
adjective
3.
Slang.
  1. (of a girl or woman) having traits of personality, dress, behavior, or appearance usually associated with males.
  2. (of a male) decidedly or exaggeratedly masculine in manner or appearance.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; apparently from the proper name

Butch

[boo ch] /bʊtʃ/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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  • He challenges butch to a knife fight, which butch wins, using a ruse.
British Dictionary definitions for butch

butch

/bʊtʃ/
adjective
1.
(of a woman or man) markedly or aggressively masculine
noun
2.
a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
3.
a strong rugged man
Word Origin
C18: back formation from butcher
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Word Origin and History for butch
n.

"tough youth," 1902, first attested in nickname of U.S. outlaw George Cassidy (1866-?), probably an abbreviation of butcher (n.). Sense of "aggressive lesbian" is 1940s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for butch

butch

adjective

: short round blonde of butch self-sufficiency

noun
  1. A rough, strong man; tough •Often used as a nickname (1902+)
  2. An aggressive lesbian; bulldyke, dyke: Even if she has turned butch on me and twisted the family name on you (1940s+ Homosexuals)

[fr butcher]


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