butch

[booch]
noun
2.
Slang. a lesbian, especially one notably masculine in manner or appearance.
adjective
3.
Slang.
a.
(of a girl or woman) having traits of personality, dress, behavior, or appearance usually associated with males.
b.
(of a male) decidedly or exaggeratedly masculine in manner or appearance.

Origin:
1940–45; apparently from the proper name

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Butch

[booch]
noun
a male given name.
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butch (bʊtʃ)
 
adj
1.  (of a woman or man) markedly or aggressively masculine
 
n
2.  a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
3.  a strong rugged man
 
[C18: back formation from butcher]

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butch
"tough youth," 1902, first attested in nickname of outlaw George Cassidy, probably an abbreviation of butcher. Sense of "aggressive lesbian" is 1940s.
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He challenges butch to a knife fight, which butch wins, using a ruse.
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