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2 [buht]
a person or thing that is an object of wit, ridicule, sarcasm, contempt, etc.
a target.
a wall of earth located behind the targets to prevent bullets from scattering over a large area.
butts, a wall behind which targets can be safely lowered, scored, and raised during firing practice.
Obsolete. a goal; limit.
verb (used without object)
to have an end or projection on; be adjacent to; abut.
verb (used with object)
to position or fasten an end (of something).
to place or join the ends (of two things) together; set end-to-end.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French but target, goal, probably ≪ Old Norse bútr butt1, from the use of a wooden block or stump as a target in archery, etc.

1. victim, target, mark, dupe, gull, laughingstock, prey, pigeon, patsy.


3 [buht]
verb (used with object)
to strike or push with the head or horns.
verb (used without object)
to strike or push something or at something with the head or horns.
to project.
Machinery. (of wheels in a gear train) to strike one another instead of meshing.
a push or blow with the head or horns.
Verb phrases
butt in, to meddle in the affairs or intrude in the conversation of others; interfere: It was none of his concern, so he didn't butt in.
butt out, to stop meddling in the affairs or intruding in the conversation of others: Nobody asked her opinion, so she butted out.

1150–1200; Middle English butten < Anglo-French buter, Old French boter to thrust, strike < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch botten to strike, sprout

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butt1 (bʌt)
1.  the thicker or blunt end of something, such as the end of the stock of a rifle
2.  the unused end of something, esp of a cigarette; stub
3.  tanning the portion of a hide covering the lower backside of the animal
4.  informal (US), (Canadian) the buttocks
5.  (US) a slang word for cigarette
6.  building trades butt joint short for butt hinge
[C15 (in the sense: thick end of something, buttock): related to Old English buttuc end, ridge, Middle Dutch bot stumpy]

butt2 (bʌt)
1.  a person or thing that is the target of ridicule, wit, etc
2.  shooting, archery
 a.  a mound of earth behind the target on a target range that stops bullets or wide shots
 b.  the target itself
 c.  (plural) the target range
3.  a low barrier, usually of sods or peat, behind which sportsmen shoot game birds, esp grouse
4.  archaic goal; aim
vb (usually foll by on or against)
5.  to lie or be placed end on to; abut: to butt a beam against a wall
[C14 (in the sense: mark for archery practice): from Old French but; related to French butte knoll, target]

butt3 (bʌt)
1.  to strike or push (something) with the head or horns
2.  (intr) to project; jut
3.  (intr; foll by in or into) to intrude, esp into a conversation; interfere; meddle
4.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) butt out to stop interfering or meddling
5.  a blow with the head or horns
[C12: from Old French boter, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch botten to strike; see beat, button]

butt4 (bʌt)
1.  a large cask, esp one with a capacity of two hogsheads, for storing wine or beer
2.  a US unit of liquid measure equal to 126 US gallons
[C14: from Old French botte, from Old Provençal bota, from Late Latin buttis cask, perhaps from Greek butinē chamber pot]

Butt (bʌt)
Dame Clara. 1872--1936, English contralto

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Word Origin & History

"thick end," O.E. buttuc "end, small piece of land," akin to O.N. butr "short." In sense of "human posterior" it is recorded from mid-15c. Meaning "remainder of a smoked cigarette" first recorded 1847.

"barrel," late 14c., from Anglo-Norm. but and O.Fr. bot "barrel, wineskin" (14c., Mod.Fr. botte), from L.L. buttis "cask" (see bottle). Usually a cask holding 108 to 140 gallons, or roughly two hogsheads, but the measure varied greatly.

"target of a joke," 1610s, originally "target for shooting practice" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. but "aim, goal, end, target (of an arrow, etc.)," 13c., perhaps from butte "mound, knoll," from Frank. *but (cf. O.N. butr "log of wood"), which would connect it with butt (n.1).

"hit with the head," c.1200, from Anglo-Norm. buter, from O.Fr. boter "to push, shove, knock; to thrust against," from V.L. *bottare "thrust," or from Frankish (cf. O.N. bauta, Low Ger. boten "to strike, beat"), from P.Gmc. *butan, from PIE base *bhau- "to strike" (see
batter (v.)). To butt in "rudely intrude" is Amer.Eng., 1900.
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Slang Dictionary

butt definition

  1. n.
    the buttocks. (Colloquial. Potentially offensive, although heard almost everywhere. See the complete list of all entries with butt in the Index of Hidden Key Words.) : She fell right on her butt.
  2. n.
    a cigarette butt. : Don't leave your butts in the houseplants!
  3. n.
    a cigarette of any kind. : You got a butt I can bum?
  4. n.
    someone or something that is disliked. (Rude and derogatory. See also boody.) : The guy's a real butt. A real squid.
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Example sentences
The brutes did their best to worry him, butting their muzzles at him.
Of course, this is the consequence of colleges butting into students' private
Of course, that's not stopping social media entrepreneurs from butting into
  every aspect of our lives.
We head east with dirt still caking our cars, the fenders butting tumbleweeds
  as big as washing machines.
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