butty, a word used in the mining districts to denote a kind of overseer.
He thought perhaps the butty would let him go down with his Davy lamp.
The master never goes into the mines: the “butty” very rarely.
butty is the word used by miners to denote helper or partner.
It was ten o'clock, but business had not begun, neither Mr Stein nor butty having arrived.
The miners recognized that often the butty was not to blame.
But Alfred Charlesworth did not forgive the butty these public-house sayings.
Diggs, the butty of the novel, is Banks, the coal proprietor of the Report.
"It's Bill Thomas' butty," one of the party said in surprise.
Why the butty system prevailed in the Midlands—and in a modified form it prevails to-day—is not clear.