BUTCHER'S

butcher

[booch-er]
noun
1.
a retail or wholesale dealer in meat.
2.
a person who slaughters certain animals, or who dresses the flesh of animals, fish, or poultry, for food or market.
3.
a person guilty of brutal or indiscriminate slaughter or murder.
4.
a vendor who hawks newspapers, candy, beverages, etc., as on a train, at a stadium, etc.
verb (used with object)
5.
to slaughter or dress (animals, fish, or poultry) for market.
6.
to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
7.
to bungle; botch: to butcher a job.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bocher < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)chier, equivalent to bo(u)c he-goat (< Gaulish *bucco-; compare Old Irish boc, Welsh bwch; akin to buck1) + -ier -ier2 (see -er2)

butcherer, noun
unbutchered, adjective


3. killer, cutthroat. 5, 6. See slaughter.
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butcher (ˈbʊtʃə)
 
n
1.  a retailer of meat
2.  a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
3.  an indiscriminate or brutal murderer
4.  a person who destroys, ruins, or bungles something
 
vb
5.  to slaughter or dress (animals) for meat
6.  to kill indiscriminately or brutally
7.  to make a mess of; botch; ruin
 
[C13: from Old French bouchier, from bouc he-goat, probably of Celtic origin; see buck1; compare Welsh bwch he-goat]

butcher's or butcher's hook (ˈbʊtʃəz)
 
n
slang (Brit) a look
 
[C19: rhyming slang]
 
butcher's hook or butcher's hook
 
n
 
[C19: rhyming slang]

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Word Origin & History

butcher
c.1300, from Anglo-Norm. boucher, from O.Fr. bochier "butcher, executioner," probably lit. "slaughterer of goats" (12c., Mod.Fr. boucher), from bouc "male goat," from Frank. *bukk (see buck (n.1)) or Celtic *bukkos "he-goat." Related: Butchered; butchering. Figurative sense
of "brutal murderer" is attested from 1520s. The verb is recorded from 1560s.
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