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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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 (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]

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]

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Word Origin & History

butch
"tough youth," 1902, first attested in nickname of outlaw George Cassidy, probably an abbreviation of butcher. Sense of "aggressive lesbian" is 1940s.

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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Example sentences
It's a sausage made from meat from the head and basically any other part of the
  pig that the butcher wants.
The stew is made of meat donated by a local wholesale butcher and whatever
  vegetables are around.
The utensils necessary to prepare the dish are an iron or an enamel kettle, a
  butcher knife, and a long-handled iron spoon.
When professionals butcher an animal, they make it look fairly simple.
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